Friday, December 21, 2007

The avoidance continues

So Schreiber's suit against Mulroney in Ontario has been dismissed due to the judge concluding that Ontario is not the proper jurisdiction in which to have initiated the case. It'll be up to Schreiber now to appeal the decision or just re-file his lawsuit in Quebec. So Mulroney has succeeded once more in closing off an opportunity for the public to assess the dealings between he and Schreiber and to determine who is telling the truth. And given Mulroney's view, expressed while appearing before the House Ethics Committee, that there's no need for a public inquiry either - and now Harper is embracing this view as well - it appears that the efforts to sweep the Mulroney-Schreiber matter under the rug are in full gear. Mulroney's leading the way and Harper is following suit.

I've said repeatedly how it is in the public interest to have this inquiry. The cloud over the former PM is not going away. If there's no case in the courts and there's no public inquiry, it will continue. And we'll never know the truth about this entire affair. That just seems patently wrong to me.

David Johnston's under significant pressure now by the current and former PM's statements. I find it hard to believe he'll be affected, however. I guess we will see how this all shakes out, come January 11th, Johnston's reporting date...