Saturday, August 08, 2009

"The Family" in Canada?

Yesterday Jeff Sharlet, the author of the hot U.S. political book of the moment, The Family, was interviewed on CBC's The Current. The interview appears at the beginning of part two provided at the link, it runs about 20 minutes. A lot of it will be familiar if you've been following the U.S. coverage, notably Rachel Maddow's exposure of the group (below) and its "C-street" ministry in Washington, D.C. Prominent U.S. conservatives have been identified with"the Family," notables of late being the Republican adultery crowd, U.S. Senator John Ensign and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

The interview turns to Canada in the last few minutes. Sharlet was asked about the international reach of the organization. He stated that the Family does have a connection in Canada and twice mentioned that this is the subject of the next investigation he's working on.

As Sharlet has previously pointed out, this is a group that believes it is not accountable to the public and has reached into the highest levels of the U.S. government. If there's a connection in Canada, that's something to be concerned about. Will be watching for Sharlet's investigation results down the road.

(h/t to a little birdie)