Friday, November 09, 2007

Harper had no choice

My how a week changes everything. The Harper government's initial position on the new allegations surrounding Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber was to tar the Liberals in the opposition for having settled with Mulroney in his lawsuit against the federal government. And threaten Liberals and opposition members to dare make allegations outside of the House, the implication that they could be sued by Mr. Mulroney for doing so. Today, however, it's a whole different story.

Once Harper had been named, as he was today, in Karlheinz Schreiber's affidavit published in the Globe, Harper had no choice but to act in some way to deal with the Mulroney/Schreiber growing scandal. The allegation Schreiber made was that Mulroney was intimating to him, Schreiber, that he would speak with Harper in some manner about the relationship between Mulroney and Schreiber (para. 39.) Harper admitted today that he did host Mulroney and his family at Harrington Lake in the summer of 2006 but says this:
Mr. Schreiber also alleges that Mr. Mulroney told him in July 2006 about an upcoming meeting with Mr. Harper at the prime ministerial retreat at Harrington Lake, Que., to discuss the matter – a claim Mr. Harper denied today.

“My family and I did host the former prime minister and his family for a social occasion at Harrington Lake in August 2006 at our invitation,” Mr. Harper said. “We did not discuss Mr. Mulroney's dealings with Mr. Schreiber during that visit.”
The independence of this review is imperative. Harper himself is likely to be interviewed now as part of the process. So the person, or panel, appointed better be cleaner than the driven snow.

Good for Harper, yes, for acting. But do you really think he would have done so had his name not appeared in that affidavit?