Monday, November 26, 2007

Are you listening, Justice Minister Nicholson?

Canadians want you to ensure Schreiber stays in Canada to give his evidence:
Almost two-thirds of Canadians believe Karlheinz Schreiber should be kept in Canada long enough to testify at a public inquiry into his dealings with former prime minister Brian Mulroney, even though most of them predict the probe will turn out to be a waste of money, a new national poll says.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos-Reid exclusively for CanWest News Service and Global National, found that 65 per cent of respondents feel the government should delay the extradition of the German-Canadian businessman so that he can present evidence at an inquiry announced two weeks ago. The businessman, who paid Mulroney $300,000 in cash in 1993 and 1994, could be extradited to Germany to face bribery, fraud and tax charges as early as Saturday, unless the federal government intervenes in his case.

“Canadians think something doesn’t smell right between Karlheinz Schreiber and Brian Mulroney,” said Darrell Bricker, president of Ipsos-Reid. “At least half the population thinks that we aren’t hearing everything we have to hear.”

Bricker added that “the view is that if he (Schreiber) has something to say, people would like to hear what it is. And if it requires him to stay in Canada to say it, that would be a good idea.”
The Conservatives risk political fallout if they do nothing to halt Schreiber's extradition. To date, they have not indicated that they care. Stay tuned.