I am also wondering this afternoon as to whether the $1 million offer was made indeed two days before the vote, on the 17th, by other Conservative representatives beyond the Flanagan and Finley effort on the 19th. The Conservatives seem to be speaking about that meeting as if it were the only meeting, trying to confine inquiries to Flanagan and Finley's role and with coverage now citing their impeccable credentials. But we know however, that the book reports on a meeting two days before the budget vote. I noted this conflict and the sources reporting it yesterday. The Globe report today includes an audio interview with Chuck Cadman conducted on June 12, 2005, well after the budget vote. Cadman does indeed state that there were "offers," plural, made. Contradicting the news report from the night of May 19, 2005 that the Conservatives have cherry-picked and massaged as the definitive Cadman statement on there being no offers.
The Globe report beyond the Cadman audio also leaves open the possibility that there were indeed two meetings that occurred with other unnamed officials attending the first one on the 17th:
A final desperate effort. One last attempt. Suggesting that there had been others. And if there were, we can probably be guided by the names mentioned in Flanagan's book.
In his book, Harper's Team, Mr. Flanagan said he and Mr. Finley made a final desperate effort to persuade Mr. Cadman to return to the caucus just hours before the May 19 vote.
The meeting was set up by former MP and party senior statesman John Reynolds and the current Minister of Natural Resources, Gary Lunn.
In his book, Mr. Flanagan says that Mr. Finley couldn't get through to Mr. Cadman earlier in the day, so Mr. Reynolds called Mr. Lunn, who set up a 15-minute get-together between Mr. Flanagan, Mr. Finley and Mr. Cadman. Mr. Flanagan makes no mention of any other meeting between Mr. Cadman and party officials. He does, however, allude to other efforts to get Mr. Cadman onside.
"Doug Finley wanted to make one last attempt to persuade Cadman to rejoin the Conservative caucus, but Chuck was very sick with skin cancer - he would be dead in two months - and wasn't answering his phone."