Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Contradictions

One of the biggest items coming out of the Guergis/Jaffer story today seems to be the following contradictory version of facts that we see in this Chronicle Herald report. First, Patrick Glemaud, Jaffer's business associate, provides this information regarding possible lobbying of the government for contracts:
Glemaud said he and Jaffer did not lobby the government for green energy projects.

“We basically did not do any business,” he said. “Nobody has retained us. We didn’t do anything regarding lobbying. We have not been paid by nobody. We have no contract with nobody of lobbying for them. I have clients but these clients are not related to anything related to lobbying.”

He said he and Jaffer met with Brian Jean, the parliamentary secretary to Transport Minister John Baird, to try to get information about the $1 billion Green Infrastructure Fund.

“Rahim is buddies with Brian Jean,” said Glemaud. “It’s true. But did you ever ask yourself what power Brian Jean has? Brian doesn’t have any power whatsoever to get any grant whatsoever to get anything on this file. If that was the case we would have got something. We didn’t get anything. The only extent of our relationship with Brian Jean is to find out, to give us explanation what the program is about. And Brian Jean goes and tells us it’s the bureaucrats who have to decide and do the assessment of the project and the bureaucrats send the assessment of the project after to Brian Jean and then Brian Jean says OK, alright, let’s go ahead with that. We didn’t even get to the stage of that. None of the people we are dealing with submit any claims, any applications.”
But then the reporter asks Brian Jean for his version of the facts, which are different:
But Jean said Tuesday that Glemaud and Jaffer did submit three applications for green energy projects — one solar, one biom and one kinetic — and he rejected them all.

“He submitted three projects, I never recommended any of the projects. I did not recommend any of them for potential funding. I did not feel that they were of any significant public benefit, and quite frankly were most likely ineligible for funding. I will tell you quite frankly, the return on investment for taxpayers was not there. And none of the projects received any funding whatsoever.”
Which makes this request for an investigation by the Lobbying Commissioner seem all the more appropriate.

Update (7:00 p.m.): Glemaud on Power Play but the above allegations do not come up.