Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Imagine Mulroney had never become leader...

There is so much that has been alleged at the Ethics Committee thus far by Schreiber, it's difficult to see how Mr. Mulroney will be able to come out of his testimony much improved. After all, it's quite the tale Schreiber has told the Ethics Committee. Yesterdays' events included the story of Schreiber helping to fund delegates to the Conservative convention at which Joe Clark's leadership received a lukewarm endorsement. Then Clark calls leadership convention. Mulroney wins. Mulroney goes on to be PM. During which tenure many European clients of Karlheinz Schreiber gain significant contracts with the Canadian Mulroney led government. That would be a simple explanation for Mulroney's ties with Schreiber, a kind of indebtedness that allegedly pervaded his tenure. If this were true, it'd be an unprecedented level of interference by foreign interests on our recent political history. And imagine the chain of events that would not have occurred had Clark continued as Progressive Conservative leader. No Meech Lake? No Lucien Bouchard? No second referendum? No Bloc Quebecois?

I'm not going to speculate any further on this, let's let Mr. Mulroney have his days in the spotlight to explain as much of this as he can.

But what's this? A crack in the alliance?
"Canadians still want to know why Mr. Mulroney accepted the cash, I think it's a very legitimate question," Conservative MP and parliamentary secretary Russ Hiebert told reporters.
Maybe those lilting poll numbers are sinking in with the PMO and the instruction to all the mouthpieces on the committee is to keep your distance...

And the Mulroney motion to dismiss Schreiber's lawsuit continues today in Toronto...