Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The inquiry is not an if, it's a when

Well if you ask the question in this way, as the report suggests, what a shocking result:
A new poll suggests most Canadians don't want a public inquiry into Brian Mulroney's business dealings with Karlheinz Schreiber.

The resistance comes despite deep misgivings about the former prime minister's story and the propriety of his relationship with the German-Canadian arms lobbyist. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests only 21 per cent of Canadians think Mulroney was telling the truth when he testified last week about $225,000 in cash he received from Schreiber.

Moreover, two-thirds of those surveyed felt the relationship between the two was inappropriate.

Nevertheless, only 32 per cent wanted to see a public inquiry delve into the minute details of the affair; 52 per cent said they would rather avoid that spectacle. (emphasis added)
Would you rather have a detailed public inquiry probing the unpopular former PM, thereby exposing the Canadian population to all Mulroney all the time, or would you rather avoid that public spectacle? When put that way, it's hardly a surprising result. Imagine the spectacle of a former PM being able to avoid a public inquiry into his questionable affairs simply by virtue of his "luck" that the public can't stand hearing anything about him.

And in any event, see this morning's post "Let the nitpicking continue" for the terms of reference of David Johnston. The inquiry is not an "if." Harper's publicly committed to it. And it's doubtful that David Johnston is going to be influenced by such polls.