I mean, really, how is the top civil service office in the country supposed to spot an important piece of communication? We are clearly expecting too much, fellow Canadians:
The Conservative government says a letter from Karlheinz Schreiber about his dealings with Brian Mulroney was not considered important enough to show Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Now that doesn't sound like any kind of accountability, does it? That sounds like buck passing if I've ever seen it...
The allegations contained in that March letter are now taken so seriously that Harper has launched a review into Mulroney's relationship with Schreiber.
But when the letter arrived, bureaucrats in the Privy Council Office never transferred it to their political bosses.
A Privy Council spokeswoman says the prime minister receives over one million letters a year, and over one million e-mails - and they're screened by a group of 35 people.
The letter from Schreiber says he entered an agreement to provide Mulroney with cash payments for services while he was still prime minister.