Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.):This guy will say just about anything, well on the way to setting a new low road standard for Prime Ministers. It's painful to even write about this, it's so inappropriate for a PM to be speaking like this. No substantive response, just pure gutter politics. And demonstrating complete disregard for the office he holds and the level of discourse he should be striving to set for the country. He should be addressing the issues and leaving this damaging, unhelpful rhetoric aside.
Mr. Speaker, the question was whether Mr. Mulroney complied with the law.
The Mulroney-Schreiber issue reignited in the media only days after the government came into power. There are damning letters in the Prime Minister's Office, but the paper trail is hidden.
Ministers deliberately refused to be briefed. A justice department review was started and then suddenly stopped. Some ministers consult Mr. Mulroney daily. He has numerous personal encounters with the Prime Minister. Was Mr. Schreiber ever discussed?
Will the Prime Minister change the mandate to include specifically whether the government was involved in a cover-up?
Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, all the allegations made by the member for Wascana are completely baseless. They are complete fabrications.
All they are is designed to try to prove that other people are just as corrupt as the Liberal Party of Canada. I am afraid the Liberal Party of Canada has the trademark on corruption.
Guess there's some solace in this, however, knowing that Harper's base state conditions him to utter such divisive rhetoric when pushed. And that it'll likely inhibit his growth potential, as we've seen thus far.
But man, it's so disappointing...