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'There is a cover-up somewhere'

From Monday's Globe and Mail

Liberal Leader accuses Harper's team of sitting on Mulroney allegations for seven months ...Read the full article

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  1. Jim Sheppard from Executive Editor, globeandmail.com, Canada writes: To our readers: Comments are now open on this story and on related stories. However, we will be monitoring them closely and any submissions that violate our guidelines will not be published. Please also be advised that -- as usual -- we will not publish any comment that relates to the guilt, innocence or involvement of any individual in matters that are still before the courts.
  2. Jeff Risi from Toronto, Canada writes: Is that all you got Dion? ok let's spend $5 million to find out what happened to $300,000. Sounds like somebody is scrambling....Dion, you have NOTHING on Harper.
  3. The Man from Canada writes: Inspector clueso rides again
  4. The Man from Canada writes: did the liberals not already have this investigated years ago by the RCMP?
  5. Fool Monty from Vancouver, Canada writes: I think Dion's priorities are all messed up. The CDN public doesn't care about digging up some scandel from previous Conservative administrations. Trying to play the cover-up card against Harper now is a fool's errand. Dion should be concentrating on what matters, the gov't at hand!
  6. Zando Lee from Vancouver, Canada writes: ....Stevie and his gang rode their way to power on the backs of the Gomery report, now it appears that the slipper is being fitted for the Conservative foot....this rears once more the ugly head of suspected corruption in high places...if perchance, an enquiry reveals any sins of the pocket-book, as a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen, I expect the authorites to recoup any illegal monies including those paid out in error.....
  7. R. Thompson from Ottawa, Canada writes: Wow - this could get really nasty. Going after former PM's because your feelings have been bruised...not a smart idea. If one were to look through the historical record - there are going to be actions and activities by all PM's that probably wouldn't bear such scrutiny. For that matter - is there anyone who could bear that kind of scrutiny without some sort of skeleton showing up at the feast? I know my life couldn't take it. Mr. Dion is playing with fire here - because he will end up putting several Liberal icons under the microscope. Just as an example - lets look at the 1993 cancellation of the helicopter contract. That cost Canadian citizens 500 million - much more than Adscam. What if a detailed forensic audit of that cancellation and of the companies involved show monies from termination payment wending their way back to the Liberal machine? I'm not saying it did - but can the Liberals really stand up to that kind of audit?
  8. Louis Riel from Canada writes: Sorry Stephane, Harper is telling the truth. Perhaps you can find some other troll in the forest to stick him to.

    If this is the best you can do, give it up.

    And by the way I believe that Harper trumped your Liberals umpteenth attempt to tell the Canadian public that you and your band of merry marionets are going to once again eredicate poverty in this country. So sad that we never believed your party's lies that fifteenth time either.
  9. dwight steadman from Fort Macleod from Canada writes: This is such a small amount of money involved - even if the allegations were true - it seems Mulroney is being hounded by his enemies almost 15 years after leaving office. Does it make any difference at this point? Haven't we got better things to worry about?
  10. Stevo the Orange from Winnipeg, Canada writes: I'm waiting for Mulroney to say 'I am not a crook' then I would laugh.
  11. Confucious Smith from Canada writes: Zando Lee writes: '....Stevie and his gang rode their way to power on the backs of the Gomery report, now it appears that the slipper is being fitted for the Conservative foot....this rears once more the ugly head of suspected corruption in high places...'
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    Harper wasn't even around at that time, never mind being involved in this so-called scandle. But assuming that there something inside the smoke, does that mean that all federal closets from the past need to emptied?
  12. bill johnson from Quebec, Canada writes: A truly sad spectacle... An inept, incoherent, rudderless leader - that would be Dion - attempting to smear the PM with wrongdoing Mulroney may or may not have committed.

    I have no fondness for Mulroney, however Harper's earlier point that reciminations may not stop with an investigation in Mulroney are on the mark. It is time to air out the possibility that wrongdoings in the Chretien era may extend far beyond Gomery's limited scope. I think we need to investigate Chretien/Martin in addition to Mulroney. I am sure all the Liberals would like to clear hte air on this as well.
  13. The Man from Canada writes: Zando Lee from Vancouver, Canada writes: ....Stevie and his gang rode their way to power on the backs of the Gomery report, now it appears that the slipper is being fitted for the Conservative foot....this rears once more the ugly head of suspected corruption in high places...if perchance, an enquiry reveals any sins of the pocket-book, as a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen, I expect the authorites to recoup any illegal monies including those paid out in error.....
    Posted 12/11/07 at 11:34 AM EST | Link to Comment
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    a major point of distinction that is missed here by liberal fanboys is that the Adscam scandal was not more than 4 governments past and that it was a current issue at the time with ongoing implications.
    Liberal theft of taxpayer dollars.
    This recent controversy was already dealt with by the RCMP...complements of the Liberal government.
    This is more about the Liberals trying to rub some of their stink on to other parties.
  14. Mike McFee from Ottawa, Canada writes: Go back to the life of Academia Dion, is that the best you can do... lol Very funny!!
  15. MD Kachmar from Bubbleville, Canada writes: I noticed that virtually all of the stories related to the Mulroney-affair have no reader comments and am curious --

    Was the Globe and Mail warned by Mulroney's lawyers to disable the 'comments' feature for stories that mentioned his name?
  16. Jim Sheppard from Executive Editor, globeandmail.com, Canada writes: Mr. Kachmar: The answer is 'no.'
  17. Duncan McCockenue from Canada writes: Hello Mr. Sheppard; just a question:

    How are we supposed to comment on this story without suggesting if we feel there is guilt somewhere? Whether its Harper and his alleged foot dragging on this 'scandal' or Dion on his alleged idiot-ness. While I contest that Dion's idiot-ness has been documented at a much higher level of reoccurance....
  18. bruno tomassini from Canada writes: Dion looks prettier every day! ...however if I were Harper I would send Zaccardelli to find the truth!

    cheers!
  19. Mail Man from Toronto, Canada writes: My goodness, Stephane Dion is really 'grasping at straws'. I don't think this will stick to Canada's New Government, people just don't really care.
  20. Calvin harrington from Canada writes: To Steven Harper ' People in Glass Houses should not Throw Stones', when you campaign on a holier than thou, I am Mr. Clean, you are all crooks platform, etc it can come back and bite you very hard. He promised open honest government, he has failed us.
  21. Randy Hyland from Winnipeg, Canada writes: Excuse me!!! I thought it was the NDP who was the first to raise the biggest fuss & call for an independent inquiry. Oh but of course all you Harperites are laying it all on Dion. It that the Best you can do R Thompson, bring up the old standby Ad-Scam again. Pathetic, just pathetic. If Harper is stupid enough to use this inquiry as an excuse to retaliate against the Liberals by starting Million Dollar Inquiries into Previous Lib P.M's then he is an idiot. This is not going to go away whether it is the Libs or one of the other opposition parties rocking the boat. Deal with it.
  22. Harvey Mushman from cambridge, Canada writes: I suppose this will replace the 'in and out' financing 'scandal' that Dion had been (unsuccessfully) trying to whip up public interest in. Certainly the number of Canadians with fond memories of Mulroney as PM are few and far between, however Dion's attempt to paint this as a scandal for Harper seems to really be 'reaching.' I suppose time will tell...however I expect Dion and the Liberals will scream bloody murder over this in the HOC for a while until they can check the polls to see if it has any traction...which I doubt it has.
  23. bill johnson from Quebec, Canada writes: Randy Hyland....I think we should let all sleeping dogs lie. However, if the opposition wants and inquiry, we must extend Gomery as well. Gomery was set up by a Liberal PM to explore activities of another Liberal PM. There were inherent constraints into what Gomery could and could not do. So, let's see if the Liberal machine may have used the same tactics on other provinces that 'worked' so well for them in Quebec.
  24. Confucious Smith from Canada writes: Calvin harrington writes: 'To Steven Harper ' People in Glass Houses should not Throw Stones', when you campaign on a holier than thou, I am Mr. Clean, you are all crooks platform, etc it can come back and bite you very hard. He promised open honest government, he has failed us. '
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    You must have been really PO'd during Gomery.
  25. bob london from Canada writes: Libbies, start donating money so you can pay Canadians back for the Sponsorship scandal, the Billion to Gun Registry, and economic discrimination by gifting to other libbies.

    Struggling with the fact you were wrong and had to pay 2.1 for a court case. Steven Harper should look into the Liberal indiscretions but how do you get justice when the Liberal party spent all of Canadians money and are in the hole?
  26. John Smith from Montreal, Canada writes: Conservative sheep are in a full mood today. Not very surprising as your cult leader is put in a bad light. The only thing left to do is to drown this topic in a tsunami of nonsensical ramblings.
  27. Mr X from Edmonton, Canada writes: Dion and the Liberals are pathetic.
  28. B T from Tower, Canada writes: Please correct me if I am wrong, didn't Mulroney cash in on Canadian Tax Payers about $2 million when he filed for a defamation suit after the first inquiry? RCMP could not find evidence then because no one would speak. Now that there is someone being extradited, people are flapping stuff all over town. So Harper is not trying to make Mulroney look worse, we were under the impression he was trying to get back the $2 million in Canadian Tax Payer money Mulroney received, if the allegations are indeed true... For other politician to oppose Harper's investigation, are they for Canadian tax payers or flapping to hear themselves speak?
  29. Jerry g from Canada writes: I think the point of this enquiry is to determine why we paid 2.1 mil of taxpayers money to x PM who, omitted or denied to tell the enquiry about dealings with Schrieber and then received significant amount of money from him later.

    The question I do have for existing PM, when something like this comes to your attention, why did you decide this is not important. And what is with the threat 'don't go there or else' all about. This does not sound like a transparent honest government to me.
  30. pik scott from Canada writes: 300,000 of the german guys money, not OUR money as in the 100 million I would like to know when the libs are going to pay that back.
  31. bruno tomassini from Canada writes: The truth is that the Cons in Ottawa are doing the same 'job' that the Lib did in Quebec.

    In retrospect MARTIN looks pretty good.

    cheers!

    disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with any political party.
  32. B R from Canada writes: The two most prevalent qualifications for membership in the PC or CPC Parties is a seething hate for the Liberal Party and all who belong to it and an over sized amount of gullibility.
  33. Interested Observer from Canada writes: Harvey - what is the 'in and out' deal all about?
  34. al woodward from Canada writes: As long as we are going to turn over all the rocks, let's have a look under the Shawinigate and CSL ones as well
  35. Sam Ruisser from Richond, BC, Canada writes: Dion should be worry about the millions stole by Liberals, not a supposed payout that RCMP already cleared.
  36. Sean L. from Toronto, Canada writes: Ok Dion. Nothing to see here, move along. First off, this matter was already investigated by the liberal government, who apparently found no wrongdoing. Maybe we should investigate them for doing a poor job. Second, if there is new evidence, Harper has already acted in a timely manner to refer this for an independent review, and avoid any adverse impact on existing cases before the court. Third, unlike the adscam criminal activity, this story has nothing to do with the current government (in fact it is not even the same political party), it only involves 300K of money which has not been alleged to have come from the taxpayer - it does not deal with public accounts is unrelated to any ethics violations by a sitting MP - not exactly something that should be high on Harper's 'to-do' list for his personal attention. Fourth, this is currently subject to an existing legal action before the court. Perhaps Dion would like to next dig into the background of Robert Borden too. I think he should worry more about additional potential criminal charges arising in a few years from the adscam inquiry. After all, there were a lot of smoking guns pointing at systemic and organized liberal corruption, and a lot of public money was stolen directly from the taxpayer - a much bigger concern than an isolated case of individual corruption.
  37. bill johnson from Quebec, Canada writes: We need to explore Liberal 'in and out' schemes. As Dion says: There must be a cover-up somewhere.
  38. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: Canadians welcome an open, transparent and accountable inquiry of the former PM Mulroney and his legacy. Nothing short of a public inquiry will lend a clean slate to this CPC gov't.
  39. The Man from Canada writes: Calvin harrington from Canada writes: To Steven Harper ' People in Glass Houses should not Throw Stones', when you campaign on a holier than thou, I am Mr. Clean, you are all crooks platform, etc it can come back and bite you very hard. He promised open honest government, he has failed us.
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    Calvin I am not sure how you manage to come to such an illogical partisan statement such as above.

    Harper is the one who initiated the independent 3rd party investigation into the matter. A matter that had already had any inquiries and investigation by the RCMP, again by the liberal government,
  40. Robert Miller from Halifax, Canada writes: Too long ago! Too many party name changes since they were Mulroney's PCs. I also don't think that this will stick to Harper.
  41. Not the Alliance from In my opinion, The Harper Gov't is Incompetent., Canada writes: What's interesting in this story is how the PMO handled it. Did they sit on it for seven months in the hope that it would go away? Was Harper's veiled threat (made last week) made to avoid this type of scrutiny, or are we to believe that the Privy Council shielded this information from the PM?
  42. otmar zambo from Canada writes: Since I really can not say here what I think, I am only going to say this! 'I do not trust ANY Politician in any party at any time'!
  43. James McEwen from Belleville, Ont, Canada writes: Shame on Mulrooney for his sins whether proven or not. I can let the courts decide. Shame on Chretian and his gang for their sins whether proven or not. I can let the courts decide on this as well if and when the time comes. Shame on Dion and Layton for wanting to waste time effort and money on this now aged fiasco so that they can chuck poop at Harper who was not part of that party and no influence within Con circles at the time. I'm tired of wasting my hard earned bucks to support stupid political gamesmanship. It's about the country not you party stature guys. It's time for the politicians to deal with real issues facing the country and get on with the job we're paying them to do abeit not well at times! Sending many of ther current politicians to the House Of Commons is like sending ducks to eagle school. They just won't measure up to the performance demands. In a country that needs some outside the box thinking to solve the problems, many of our elected representatives can't find the top of the box to let themselves out. If the current crop of elected representives are the best the country has to offer and are reflective of our collective choices, I think we are in big trouble. Just look at what issue is being raised by what MP regardless of party and you can see what's important to them and their party that lets them raise the issue. Right now, what Mulrooney did 15 years ago is the prime focus of the LIB and NDP. Is this their most important issue or are there some additional arcane and absurd issues that are being saved to obscure lack of political action for the good of the country. And Conservatives are no better with their focus on pre-election bashing of Dion. We don't need anyone to point out the failings of this or any other politician, we can figure that out for ourselves. All the politicians need to be more like farmers....out- standing in their field!
  44. Kevin Desmoulin from TO, Canada writes: Oh Good We can comment now on this important story
    It is very hard to imagine that Prime Minister Harper could have missed this considering how the Harper Conservatives are micromanaging everything under our canadian sun. So its begs the question what else are they ignoring, I guessing the answer would be anything that's distracts them from their incrementism agenda. I think they were aware of it and they plan for such a day when others become aware of these situations and then they play smoke and mirrors and pretend otherwise.
    I said this before They are not governing for Canada But governing for the Conservative and their Neoconservative agenda.
    A pretend government for Canada under their watch.
  45. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: Why was a letter concerning the allegation against a former Prime Minister not forwarded from the Privy Council Office not forwarded to the Prime Minister's Office/
  46. Randy Hyland from Winnipeg, Canada writes: Mr X from Edmonton, Canada writes: Dion and the Liberals are pathetic.

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    No Mr. X... Harper the Conservatives and their faithful little childish followers on here are pathetic. Always answer questions with 'the liberals are worse' or 'they did it so why can't we'. Grow up already people. You sound so utterly childish with your excuses for defending Harper and the present Government.
  47. pik scott from Canada writes: Jerry g from Canada writes: I think the point of this enquiry is to determine why we paid 2.1 mil of taxpayers money to x PM who, omitted or denied to tell the enquiry about dealings with Schrieber and then received significant amount of money from him later.

    The question I do have for existing PM, when something like this comes to your attention, why did you decide this is not important. And what is with the threat 'don't go there or else' all about. This does not sound like a transparent honest government to me. ____________________________________________________________The 2 mil is for saying he made money off the airbus deal not this 300g. Harpers goverment was in power for a very short time when this so called letter appeared. Things like that can be missed,when setting up a new goverment. But don't worry harper will get to the bottom of this. Harper is a honest man ,no matter what you think of his policies.
  48. anderson Stevenson from Canada writes: What a sad bunch of comments; trying to belittle Dion. Somehow trying to claim that this issue is not important with regard to the office of PM and the duty the holders of that office have to the public.Its not the amount of money it is the deed itself. The public won't get the good government it deserves unless they hold accountable their elected officials.
  49. Dijer Dije from Ontario, Canada writes: There needs to be an investigation. There is evidence that supports what Mr. Schreiber is saying. It involves the highest level of elected office we have and if something is fowl there, it needs to be investigated so we can prevent it from ever happening again. In my opinion, the millions an investigation like this could cost would be worth it.

    How many backroom deals could there be out there? Millions of dollars being awarded in contracts to what isn't the best deal? We need to know... Con or Lib. We have a right to know. It's our PMO, they only get to borrow it with our permission.
  50. Jason Roy from Nova Scotia, Canada writes: B R from Canada writes:

    'The two most prevalent qualifications for membership in the PC or CPC Parties is a seething hate for the Liberal Party and all who belong to it and an over sized amount of gullibility.'

    The two most prevalent qualifications for membership in the LPC is to accept all you criticise everyone else for as sound LPC policy and also an over sized amount of gullibility.
  51. otmar zambo from Canada writes: I am in agreement with Mr. Dion's suspicion, but only this once!
  52. G. Veneta from Calgary, Canada writes: This isn't about the money and 2.1 million isn't peanuts and comparable to actual amounts in adscam. Once the shoe is on the other foot it is somehow deemed trivial by conservative supporters.

    This is about principles and about the integrity of the office of the PMO. If this office knew about these allegations many months ago the public is entitled to know before they go to the polls again.

    This is about transparency and accountability and not about the actual amounts of money. Do any of us get paid with suitcases of cash?
  53. bill johnson from Quebec, Canada writes: Catherine..shall you, too, throw slime at Harper for transgressions that may or may not have been committed by another PM?

    Why should anyone act on a letter by a man indicted for criminal offenses? Should we do this for every person who writes jailhouse letters to the PMO? Get real.
  54. ed fehr from Canada writes: Mr. Dion should cover him self up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  55. David E from Canada writes: Dion is absolutely right about this one. I understand why the Conservative trolls on this board are trying to dismiss this. It's bad enough how Mulroney appears in this. But if Harper is covering up for him, then that looks even worse.

    Remember, it wasn't the Watergate burglary but the cover-up that did in Richard Nixon.
  56. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: The good news here is that the CPC is no longer able to play the blame game. The CPC was born in intrigue and went on the offence immediately, casting nastiness and suspicion on their opposition.
    Most Canadians have been suspect of their own analysis of being different. They aren't. Never have been.
    So, we will be vigilant in keeping each political accountable.
    No party offers a free pass to integrity and ethics.
  57. Wall Flower from Canada writes: Where I come from, we call this Karma.
  58. vic w from in the concrete jungle, Canada writes: Mr. Dion has been given short shrift, but then again, even Sheila Fraser gets short shrift if she publishes something critical of the Conservative government. I am not surprised by the allegations and link to Harper simply because if you were keeping track, you would see that Mulrooney had been involved with Harper all along. In addition to this, you can see that many Harper and Mulrooney policies are the same: Namely the selling out of Canada and free market fundamentalism. Mulrooney sold of Petro Canada, and Harper continues to weaken our grasp on our own resources. Mock them for corruption as you may, the Liberals despite all their foibles have done some amount of standing up for Canada during their years. Probably not enough, but where it counted, (such as Iraq) they really made the right choice. Now I fear when the shoe drops and if there is a war in Iran, we will just capitulate. Dion isn't really of the old camp of liberals anyway. He hasn't been their long enough.
  59. vic w from in the concrete jungle, Canada writes: Catherine: Yes, as a red tory, I remember what happened to David Orchard like it were yesterday.
  60. Robert Miller from Halifax, Canada writes: James McEwan from Belleville, Ontario: Amen to that! LPC or PCs , who cares? Politicos: Fix the country's problems and stop playing your silly games.
  61. Trillian Rand from Canada writes: Interestingly, both the Liberals and the Conservatives would have us believe each is corrupt, but they are not. The more each of them accuses the other, the more they all seem alike.

    It is time we put aside our partisan stances and stopped defending any politician involved in any ethically, morally or legally improper activity. By condoning such actions by one party, we condone it for all.

    The argument that any dubious actions can pass some 'statute of limitations' period is tacit approval of 'getting away with it.' For those who put forth this idea, what should be a reasonable period? If a politician misuses his office and avoids detection for seven or ten years should we then grant him absolution? Should we be proud of his accomplishment?

    The only clear message from Ottawa these days is that politicians are more interested in raking muck than crafting legislation. Their greatest efforts seem directed toward casting aspersions on each other, not managing the welfare of the nation.

    That is finds any support is disgusting. Government is too important to leave to people who put the good of the nation aside for their own benefit. Mr Mulroney's guilt or innocence will eventually come to light. Until that time we should neither convict not pardon him simply because he is a Conservative.
  62. Frank N. Stein from Canada writes: How come the liberals never fixed this last time thet were in power. THey blew the law suit and cost all canadians millions of dollars in the costs and then had to pay baloney a few millions in a counter lawsuit.

    No matter if he did it or not, there will never be a solution. Sometimes you have to walk away and cut your losses.
  63. Bill G from Calgary, Canada writes: Dion is throwing mud and hoping it will stick. As someone earlier said, Inspector Clouseau rides again.
  64. Wall Flower from Canada writes: Where I come from, we would also refer to this as 'poetic justice.'

    'Clean' government? HA!
  65. Dan Green from Palm Beach Gardens Florida, United States writes: Wow is this Dion smart or what ?
  66. Lord Stanley from Canada writes: It seems some posters are trying to justify (unproven) allegations by suggesting other federal parties have done worse or that cost would be more than the (unproven) allegations. The decision by parliment to investigate a former prime minister's actions while in office should not be dictated by unrelated events by another political party - i.e. 'two wrongs don't make a right'. If a federal government began making decisions based on cost, then parliment will never get cleaned up. Imagine if a murder case was deamed too expensive so it was dropped. This is no different.
  67. Frank N. Stein from Canada writes: Nobody in this discussion group has seen a single thing to either prove or deny these alligations. How can you ethically choose a side.

    Nothing but a bunch of cheerleaders here.
  68. G. Veneta from Calgary, Canada writes: It is amazing how the Conservatives have 'selective' righteous indignation towards alleged corruption. It's only outrageous if it's done by a liberal but conservatives are above reproach in their minds as the end always justifies whatever means necessary in their minds it appears.

    This country is too precious to be governed by anyone who refuses to be open and accountable and transparent. We need to hold all these people that profess to represent us to account and not just when it is convenient before they go to the polls.
  69. Shawn Bull from Canada writes: PM Harper did the right thing in calling for an independent investigation. I think he should also look at the Golf Course loan that Chretien was involved in.
  70. vic w from in the concrete jungle, Canada writes: Harpers initial refusal to investigate speaks volumes. I will be quite interested in seeing who the impartial investigator is however, and why they need so much time to find him/her
  71. Pete Kauchak, Brown Tory from Cascadia, Canada writes: Calvin harrington from Canada writes: To Steven Harper ' People in Glass Houses should not Throw Stones', when you campaign on a holier than thou, I am Mr. Clean, you are all crooks platform, etc it can come back and bite you very hard. He promised open honest government, he has failed us.

    He is Mr. Clean. It's Mulroney's activities that are under scrutiny.
  72. The Man from Canada writes: Randy Hyland from Winnipeg,

    dude this has nothing to do with the current government.
    It is not even the same party.

    Harper was not even connected.

    Nice try...as usual more liberal dis-information, confuse the public, use double talk and hope your fortune changes. The corner stone of liberal stratagy.

    check you facts.
  73. Harper is a liar from Canada writes: Bill G from Calgary, Canada writes: 'Dion is throwing mud and hoping it will stick...'

    I sincerely hope that you are not accusing the Liberals of throwing mud when your Conservative Party has done nothing for the past year but run attack ad after attack ad. Pretty sad that they have so little to say or do, so they feel the need to attack Dion.

    As for the Liberals, they are right to call for a proper, open and fair investigation. A hand chosen person from Stephen Harper investigating Mulroney? Yeah, like THAT's going to be fair. We need a judicial inquiry. Why are you Conservative supporters rushing to the defense of Mulroney and Harper? I thought you were supposed to be tough on crime! Well, thankfully the Liberal Party is, and they will continue to push for answers in the FOUR investigations the Stephen Harper government is presently under.
  74. Pete Kauchak, Brown Tory from Cascadia, Canada writes: Harper is a liar from Canada,

    Let us know when there are actual charges put forward and arrests made - like with Adscam - then you can brag. Until then everything is pure speculation and innuendo.

    BTW even if Mulroney is found guilty, he didn't steal taxpayers money - the Liberals gave it to him.
  75. alex just a canadian from montreal, Canada writes: its not just the 300 000$ payments, remember he did sue the government and got 2.1million of our money. If there is wrong doing hopefully it will be corrected. Not a CPC fan, but I praise where its due, it took a lot of guts to do what our PM did, i'll give him that.
  76. Alberto Bayo from Canada writes: Jeez....Dion will be drooling today...he's got a scandal. Too bad he's got no platform.
  77. vic w from in the concrete jungle, Canada writes: Pete Kauchack: If Harper is so clean, why does he have such a top-down heavily centralized method of keeping most members of his caucus quiet? Once again why did he initially refuse to investigate?
  78. B Fulsom from Menlo Park, United States writes: Who cares? Canadians had their revenge on Mulroney when he left office unpopular and his party was decimated in 1993. I agree with many of the comments so far...the Liberals trying to dig up a 15-year-old scandal from three governments ago is preposterous. Sure Adscam was overblown, but at least it directly involved taxpayer money and people still in parliament. This is a petty joke in comparison.

    The cost of this witch-hunt is going to be far greater than the $300k allegedly received or the $2M out-of-court settlement last time the Liberals pulled this stunt. It will again come down to the word of a 'Right Honourable' versus a shady German businessman. I sense another government apology and payout.

    Mr. Dion...lead your party, craft some coherent centrist policies, present yourself clearly to Canadians, give us an Opposition we can vote for, and get on with it!
  79. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: Do the CPC posters actually think that the people of Canada would have paid the legal feels of former PM Mulroney had they had a complete accountability? Who was misleading the truth?
  80. Zando Lee from Vancouver, Canada writes: ....to all the Neocons stuck in the Gomery time warp....it has been widely reported in the media that Lyin Brian did make a belated declaration to the taxman about the monies he got from Carlheinz S.......
  81. Bill Woodcock from Canada, writes: Is this the same Stephen Harper who stated just 2 years ago that a Prime Minister in any government can not honestly claim ignorance to what is happening in the PMO. OOOP's, I guess he was wrong. LMAO
  82. Canada 10016 from New York City, United States writes: Even if Mulroney is guilty of something, this has nothing to do with Stephen Harper. Dion is using the same technique the NDP of Saskatchewan recently used, trying to paint the Saskatchewan Party as the old Conservative party of Grant Devine. See how well that worked?
  83. Stan L from Canada writes: Sandra Buckler will be working overtime is a safe prediction for the next week. It will be intersting to see what will happen to the mindless barrage of attack ads. For a government that campaigned so heavily on accountability it will be intersting to see how they reposition themselves. Make no mistake Harper is involved at least at a cursory level, I would agree with Dion that it is hard to belive that with all of the micromanaging that we have seen done that the Privy office just failed to send Schreiber's letter in March to Harper. (Somehow, i think some poor civil servant will be hung out to dry soon whether he/she was responsible or not) And although some of you will say Harper wasn't even in government then....nice try he has ties dating back in to the late 80s with Mulrooney even including a stint as advisor....so to try and distance their relationship into 'just two conservative who happen to know each other' now is disingenuous at best.
  84. pierre lefebvre from Brossard, Canada writes: Cover-up and all. Abolish Senate Stephane. This is Liberal Party of Canada ongoing cover-up.
  85. Wall Flower from Canada writes: 'Not a CPC fan, but I praise where its due, it took a lot of guts to do what our PM did, i'll give him that. '

    Alex, don't be so naive. Harper understood that he was running against the clock and that cutting Mulroney loose was the only way to somehow stay afloat. Schreiber actually named Harper in his affidavit. Harper would have to a suicidal imbecile to keep protecting Mulroney after such a revelation. He therefore chose the best course of action which is to denounce Mulroney and, in effect, knock the wind out of the press' sails.

    Harper only did this because he had no other choice.
  86. Allan Eizinas from Simcoe, Canada writes: . I wonder what effect the allegations about Brian Mulroney are having on the Harper Conservative Party. Mulroney was an important part of the Stronach, Charest and Mulroney triumvirate that initiated and facilitated the amalgamation of the old Alliance/Reform and Progressive Conservative parties. The current party is still split between the two factions; the moderates of the old PC party and the less moderates of the old Alliance/Reform. The Alliance/Reform wing has no allegiance or love of Mulroney while the PC has many who have a history with, worked with and owe Brian Mulroney support. It appears that when this Schreiber scandal first reared its ugly head Harper played to the moderates and supported Mulroney. As it began to heat up, the inner Harper circle made up of the less than moderates, pushed him to drop Mulroney. Mulroney had never been a friend to either the Alliance or reform party. It will be interesting to see what will happen if Harper completely abandons Mulroney. There are still very many members of this current Conservative party who have a high regard for Mulroney and would resent cutting him free. Could this be the issue that pulls the scab off the still unhealed wound, still festering from Peter MacKay’s sell out of the old PC's?
  87. gord winters from Canada writes: the cpc will be lucky to hold on to two seats after this is over.

    i hope you folks enjoyed your time inthe sun.
  88. JT From TO from Toronto, Canada writes: Dion will likely come to regret his attacks on Mulrouney, and his attempts to tarnish Harper with them. It would be very difficult for Harper to be held responsible for something that may have happened when he was a member of the Reform Party, but if investigations are to be opened up into the missing millions from the sponsorship council it would be harder for a cabinet minister from Quebec to feign ignorance.
  89. C K from Canada writes: Investigate them all. To those who are saying that this opens up other parties to investigations... go right ahead and prosecute them all. Abuse of power should be considered conduct unbecoming of a politician. Maybe that will restore some faith into the political system.
  90. Stan L from Canada writes: B. Fulsom...by your logic then, we should all forget about adscam becuase the liberals lost the next election? And by the way, indeed the cost of the investigation would be more than the 300K....but I would argue that the cost would have been considerably less had Mulroney come clean with these allegations in the first place.
  91. Michael Peters from Toronto, Canada writes: vic w - the other day when we were discussing Harper's handling of Canada's relationship with China, you were of the opinion that Canada needs Chinese investment in Canada's oil sands projects, which would, by definition, reduce Canada's control of its natrual resources. Now your criticism of Harper includes 'Harper continues to weaken our grasp on our own resources'? Interesting. You were also very pragmatic in your criticism of Harper over Sino-Canadian relations, putting our economic interests before any moral objections in dealing with the Chinese. It seems as though you're pulling a bit of a 180 here. The pragmatic thing to do here is let sleeping dogs lie, as several other posters have commented. Are we really going to spend millions of $$$'s on this issue for the sake of 'doing the right thing' over a 3rd party payment of $300k? What's your opinion on this issue? Your post doesn't really indicate whether you think this issue warrants further investigation or not.
  92. Alexander The Great from Canada writes: The Man from Canada writes: Randy Hyland from Winnipeg,

    dude this has nothing to do with the current government.
    It is not even the same party.

    Harper was not even connected.

    Nice try...as usual more liberal dis-information, confuse the public, use double talk and hope your fortune changes. The corner stone of liberal stratagy.

    check you facts.

    Mulroney was part of the transition team, and has admittedly advised Harper throughout these past 2 years. The links between the two are clear and are not denied.

    Harper refused to do anything about the allegations until this past Friday, after finding out that his name appeared in a sworn affidavit. Supposedly Schreiber asked Mulroney to speak with Harper about his legal predicament. This weekend we found out about a letter sent directly to Harper from Schreiber.

    Harper's initial reaction to calls for reopening the investigation, and this new information has raised suspicion.
  93. Jim Sheppard from Executive Editor, globeandmail.com, Canada writes: Astute readers will notice that I have deleted one entire thread within this topic. While 99 per cent of the debate within that thread was OK, there was one reference in the original post which was not accurate.
  94. vic w from in the concrete jungle, Canada writes: Canada 10016: Juicy juicy politics. How can you say that Harper and Mulroney have only been involved at a cursory level when Mulroney's in essence been a close advisor to Harpers campaign from the get-go? What motivation does Mulroney have to stay so involved?

    N Fulsom: Dion is full of decent contrist policies, which is why the Conservatives have been lifting them.
  95. Wall Flower from Canada writes: Allan Eizinas from Simcoe, I had the exact same thought and I am on pins and needles, waiting to see how this thing is going to develop.
  96. J L from ThunderBay, Canada writes: So in March of this year Mr Schreiber wanted for fraud in Germany and facing deportation.writes a letter to the PM(received by Privy Council Office)reInterating his alleged meeting with then former PM Mulroney in early Ninetys.According to the Privy Council Office they acknowledge receiving the letter but did not pass it on to the PMO.According to Privy C Officials the letter was deemed to have nothing to do with the current government,but everything to do with the lawsuit filed by Mr Schreiber against the Former PM. which is on going.One has to question as to why Mr Schreiber and his legal team did make this alleged new Information reguarding Mr Mulroney known to the RCMP!back in March 2007,which would have surely triggered a re-0pening of their earlier Investigation of this matter. Hopeful this most recent announcement by the current PM will get all answers to these and other unanswered questions,In the meantime Mr Schreiber has conveniently delayed his departure from our country back to Germany to face some rather serious criminal charges.Just a Coquencidence? Maybe not.Time will tell.At this point this appears to be a he said and he denying it.between a person charged with fraud and a former PM.Who's telling the truth and where's the evidence?.
  97. Canadian Patriot from United States writes: I love how Harper broke the news on a Friday. That's a classic Bush administration/Karl Rove tactic, hoping the weekend will water-down the story and make sure the story doesn't run for a full week's news cycle. And people don't think Harper is another Bush? Harper is being run by American replublicans. That's what you want for a PM? Disgraceful.
  98. Not the Alliance from In my opinion, The Harper Gov't is Incompetent., Canada writes: JT From TO from Toronto, Canada writes: 'Dion will likely come to regret his attacks on Mulrouney, and his attempts to tarnish Harper with them. It would be very difficult for Harper to be held responsible for something that may have happened when he was a member of the Reform Party, but if investigations are to be opened up into the missing millions from the sponsorship council it would be harder for a cabinet minister from Quebec to feign ignorance. '

    JT - I think the point here is NOT that Harper was involved at the time this money transfer happened. The problem is Harper's willingness to stall and turn a blind eye to this because it involves somebody close to his party. And last week trying to threaten the liberals to NOT open this issue. How is that accountable? Harper has already tarnished his own reputation by how he has handled this.
  99. V ADS from Canada writes: Schreiber's over-arching goal was to avoid extradition to Germany. It appears Canada may be stuck with him for years to come, simply because he was clever enough to write a letter to Harper and swear an affidavit that he had an 'agreement' with Mulroney two days prior to his leaving office. It doesn't matter that this alleged agreement is signed by neither party, and isn't witnessed by anyone. The only reason this story has legs is because Mulroney gave it legs by accepting $300,000 in cash from this unsavory character.

    But if the Liberals think this will give them political mileage over Harper, they're dreaming. Harper was never a Mulroney fan during his term in office, and in fact was so disenchanted (as were many Conservatives) with the man that he helped launch the Reform Party.
  100. One Eye Open from Calgary, Canada writes: I am one reformer who kringed when the media reported Mr. Harper took advice from Mulroney during the last election. I distrust Mr. Mulroney almost as much as I distrust any liberal.

    The way I understand it, Mr. Schreiber supposedly gave a letter to Mr. Mulroney (which outlined his concerns with Mr. Mulroney), who in turn was supposed to give the letter to Mr. Harper. Hmmmmm, and Mr. Schreiber actually expected Mr. Mulroney to deliver this letter? I can't help but wonder if this is how the Libbies hope to show how sponsorship money ended up going to Mulroney, via Schreiber.....
  101. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: bill johnson: Here's the thing about former PM Mulroney. When he retired, he seemed to have outrun this mess. Unfortunately, his health declined. When he resurfaced to reunite the right, he was vaulted to higher scales. Moreover, he gloated. His memoirs were nasty.
    I believe that he attracted more attention and discernment to his past irregularities.
    His friendship with this character illustrates his judgment. Mulroney enjoys flying too close to the flame...rolling the dice.
  102. Canadian Patriot from United States writes: CK is dead right. We should have a zero tolerance policy on gov't corruption. It doesn't matter that the controversy concerns only $300k, or that it involves the guy who was PM 15 years ago. Zero tolerance. Otherwise, current politicians will get the message that as long as the dollar amount isn't too high, and as long as enough time passes, they'll be fine. That's the wrong message, particularly when Harper campaigned on accountability. Remember that folks? Or is 16 months in the past just too long ago for you to care?
  103. vic w from in the concrete jungle, Canada writes: Micahel Peters: Nice try. A diverse investment in the oil sands is Canadian strength because it will minimize the amount of leverage that any one given country has on that resource. Note that when I awas speaking before, I was addressing the 1-sided investment by Canadian firms and the fact that 75% exports go to one country. My previous post still stands with this one. Harper's policy are pro-American at the expense of investment from elsewhere, that's what I mean by selling out.
  104. J L from Toronto, Canada writes: Dion is right - Mulroney's actions need to be investigated - this is a huge deal!!!
  105. Alexander The Great from Canada writes: JT From TO from Toronto, Canada writes: Dion will likely come to regret his attacks on Mulrouney, and his attempts to tarnish Harper with them. It would be very difficult for Harper to be held responsible for something that may have happened when he was a member of the Reform Party, but if investigations are to be opened up into the missing millions from the sponsorship council it would be harder for a cabinet minister from Quebec to feign ignorance.

    -Did Harper regret his attacks to Goodale during the election campaign? From what I recall he continued to make then even after Goodale was cleared.

    -The attempt to link Dion to sponsorship was made and it failed miserably.

    - If you live by the sword you die by the sword. If you live by sleaze and character assassination you die by sleaze and character assassination.
  106. earl pearl from Canada writes: Tell me, is this going to be a multi million dollar inquiry into the technicality of whether this 'deal' was started while the PM was still in office? Are we quibbling over 48 hours?

    Is this going to be a multimillion dollar pellet that Dion can put into his beebee gun. just exactly who will he shoot it at ? Harper?

    I agree there is smoke around Mulroney but if Dion is seriously thinking of confusing the public with a witchhunt that had nothing to do with the CPC good luck to him.
  107. pik scott from Canada writes: You gotta love it,the loonies think they have something ,but have squat. You might get a little dirt on mulroney,but harper is clean. Is that the best you can do? Schrieber is the biggest con man out there and he knows how loonie the left is so he is playing you all like a fiddle.
  108. Norm Neil from in the Wild 'n Snowy West..., Canada writes: J L from ThunderBay, Canada writes: '...Who's telling the truth and where's the evidence?.

    J L, I believe Herr Screiber's allegation of the $300,000 payment made to Mr. Mulroney (which has only now been acknowledged publicly by Herr Schreiber) coincides with revelations of Mr. Mulroney's late income tax filing of $300,000.

    Coincidence? Maybe. Surely worthy of a closer look?

    As for those posters who are calling for a reopening of 'Shawinigate', the difference between Herr Schreiber's allegations and reopening the Shawinigate file is that Herr Schreiber is a material witness that has stepped forward with new and previously undisclosed evidence.

    The calls for a reopening of Shawinigate (without any new evidence) are a witch hunt, pure and simple.
  109. Dave Jansen from Canada writes: Harper named in the Mulroney/Airbus scandal... YIKES!!!

    If Adscam has taught us anything, it's that accusations are thousands of times worse than the 'truth' - and this assumes, of course, that Harper is completely innocent in the first place. If not - double yikes!!!

    Harper - we need accountability, call a full inquiry - assuming you have nothing to hide, of course...
  110. Alyssa Watson from Canada writes: 'Liberal Leader accuses Harper's team of sitting on Mulroney allegations'

    I know what the Liberals were sitting on for the last 13 years:)
  111. A READER from TORONTO, Canada writes: I wish I could meet someone generous enough to give me $300,000 for doing nothing. No invoices needed and all in cash. Heck, I'll even host an expensive lunch in a hotel suite just to talk about nothing.
  112. bruno tomassini from Canada writes: Why are the Neocons Harperites so defensive here ...the more they defend the indefensible the more they make DION look like a honest LEADER!

    cheers!

    Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with any political oprganization.
  113. G R from Thunder Bay, Canada writes: the innocent and untouchable Conseratives are not so innocent after all....hey National Conservative Post, what do you have to say about this now?
  114. harry carnie from Northern, B.C., Canada writes:
    Aaaah ..Dion has credibility here......when it comes to cover ups the Liberals 'know their stuff'.(how to do it anyway)
  115. Clark The Mighty from Canada writes: Dig, dig, dig.

    Payback for the Liberals. The whole country hates Lyin Brian.
  116. Martin Chriton from Santa Clara, Calif, Canada writes: ' G R from Thunder Bay, Canada writes: the innocent and untouchable Conseratives are not so innocent after all....hey National Conservative Post, what do you have to say about this now?'

    I don't follow. Where is your proof of this? You wouldn't want to accuse someone without proof now would you?
  117. One Eye Open from Calgary, Canada writes: Mr. Mulroney was the Prime Minister of Canada, and as such, I would expect him to SERVE the people of Canada. As a result, I have trouble trusting a person elected to SERVE, that turns around and sues Canada. I understand, he was actually suing the government, who was acting on the behalf of itself (umm Canadians), with their unproven allegations. Still, I don't trust a person elected to serve, who turns around and sues me (taxpayers). It just seems WRONG.

    However, politics seems to be all about discrediting your opposition. Who can discredit their opposition the most? Nothing that is said in the HoC, is subject to libel (slander) lawsuits. Politicians that lie to the public when they try to paint their opponent with slander must be held accountable. They should be sued. Not the taxpayers.
  118. Reg Anderson from Canada writes: Jim Sheppard from Executive Editor, globeandmail.com, Canada writes: To our readers: Comments are now open on this story and on related stories. However, we will be monitoring them closely and any submissions that violate our guidelines will not be published. Please also be advised that -- as usual -- we will not publish any comment that relates to the guilt, innocence or involvement of any individual in matters that are still before the courts.
    --
    It about time the G&M allowed people to publically comment on this issue.
  119. David Smith from Toronto, Canada writes: My guess is that about 80% of the posters here have three things in common:

    They are retired.

    They are Tories.

    They are really nervous about this one as the abusive attacks on Dion testify.
  120. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: PM Harper showed very poor judgment in using former PM Mulroney as a mentor. Sure, he owed him for his help in uniting the right. Sure, he appreciated his long list of contacts and friends. Sure, he needed him to woe support in Quebec. But, he also new of his handicaps. And they are now coming home to haunt him.
  121. Elmo Harris from Niagara, Canada writes:
    Oh Boy! The Neo-Cons are up in arms today! The threat to go back to previous Liberal Prime Ministers does not worry Liberals. There is nothing to hide. Don't you think that Harper, with all the resources at his command has been trying to find something - anything, since he came to power? We hear of his absurd attempts to find fault in the awarding of contracts for polling by the previous Liberal government. Not a peep of scandal to date. There never will be. Neo-Cons took government convinced that the Liberals were corrupt as they imagined they would be when they took office. Their disappointment is palpable. The lies they created and perpetuated about corruption in the Liberal government have been shown repeatedly to be absurd yet they persist, hoping the public is a stupid as they take them for.

    Dion is right: Harper is dirty, we just don't know how much - yet.

    'A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now. Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen.'
    (Mort Sahl)
  122. Uncle Fester from Canada writes: Harper's flip-flop on this means one thing only. He has had to put his political future ahead of his relationship with Mulroney. It has become apparent to he and his advisors that Mulroney is going to burn. Mulroney is in trouble. Dion had better not screw this latest opportunity up. Statements like this headline need to be more specific and have credible backup if Dion is going to take advantage of them.
  123. Dennis sinneD. from Calgary, Canada writes:

    Dion is such an ineffectual 'leader'... If Mulroney is guilty of a crime, nail him, but let's not make this about Harper.

    One thought I had, and I'm not saying it's a fact or true but it's possible. I remember hearing Schreiber say he loved Canada and never wants to leave. What if he's lying so we keep him here?
  124. Michael Peters from Toronto, Canada writes: vic - thanks for your response, although I'm not sure you went far enough. What difference does it make if, say, 95% of Canada's resources are controlled by one foreign country or 100 foreign countries? The bottom line is that we would still control only 5% of our resources, so I'm not sure what good diversification is this instance is. And you didn't answer my main question: how do you go from being so pragmatic in your criticism of Harper on the Sio-Canadian relations to taking the moral highground on this one? Your opinions just don't seem to be consistent. I think I know why, I'm just waiting for you to say.
  125. Henry Wilson from Canada writes:
    What did Steve know? When did he know it? Why didn't he report the Schrieber letters sooner? Why the cover-up? Why the heck is the G&M Thought Police afraid of this story?

    Finally, when will Steve appoint Grant Devine to probe this scandal?
  126. Jimmy K from Toronto, Canada writes: Mulroney is and has always been (well, after 1993) toxic politically. Dion seems to be just trying to play games to link Harper to Mulroney, as there is no better way to take down the man. Secondly, Harper has made this incredibly easy for Dion by playing up the 'close adviser' relationship he had with Mulroney.
  127. Jabber Wocky from Canada writes: For all of you CPC hacks who seem to think that this matter is irrelevant, I'm embarrassed for you. Sure, it's only $300,000 in terms of real money, but the larger issue is integrity; surely even the most callous, card-carrying Conservative can admit to that? And when there are numerous ties b/w Mulroney and the current Government, this issue of integrity should loom large on all of our political maps - especially where the CPC won their minority government on the coat tails of a scandal that destroyed the integrity of the previous government.

    I don't have a problem with slamming the Chretien regime for cheating, but you can't sit there and call Liberals corrupt and then turn a blind eye to any similar action on the part of the CPC.

    Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. You're black.

    In other news, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
  128. Goldie Lockes from Three Bears, AB, Canada writes: What was Harper expecting to gain politically and socially by hanging around with Mulroney? Flash back to '93, only Jean Charest and Elsie Wayne manage to get re-elected for the Tories. That's from biggest majority in Canadian history to a toilet spinning 2 MP's. Again, what exactly does Mulroney have to offer?
  129. John L. Murlowe from Colony of Vancouver Island, Canada writes:
    Now that Mr. Harper has been pushed to use his powers to command investigations, why not let him investigate all the Prime Ministers for the last 20 years and get Canadians a clean slate?
  130. Alan F. from Vancouver, Canada writes: Cover up? No kidding... Harper and his gang got to power making wild allegations against Paul Martin about child porno, against Goodale about leaking information, and others. All of which have been proven to be false. Pity the poor self rightous Reform-Alliance syncophants, now! Lets see if they are as quick to believe allegations against themselves as they are against others!
  131. Patrick Thomas from Calgary, writes: Lets make sure we get the right hound dog on this one! I never trusted Brian Mulroney from day 1. I ask this question over and over again; Why would a person that has a successful career and business going want to become a political leader other than for personal gain through International contacts?? They feed us the same old 'I want to serve my country' line but really, it is just to line their pockets and the pockets of their budies lined up at the feeding trough. The really sad part is the public actually votes for and elects guys like this.
  132. One Eye Open from Calgary, Canada writes: Alexander The Great from Canada writes:

    - If you live by the sword you die by the sword. If you live by sleaze and character assassination you die by sleaze and character assassination.

    ATG, very true. This statement is valid, regardless of who is doing the character assassination. Mr. Harper has endured more character assassination than any other public figure I can remember........ with little or no justification.
  133. john deere from Canada writes: Tough on Crime might have to be changed to Tough on People Who Aren't Harper's friends.
  134. alex just a canadian from montreal, Canada writes: Wall Flower from Canada writes: 'Not a CPC fan, but I praise where its due, it took a lot of guts to do what our PM did, i'll give him that. '

    I know, i am still not a CPC fan or Harper, but similar to Martin he may end up taking the flack for someone else's wrong doings. There may well be another agenda behind his move. We may get just a few crumbs or some quasi inquiry but he did it. Thats all I meant no more no less. Besides he is the PM its his job, can't keep on hiding forever.
  135. Mrs Ed from Montreal, Canada writes: Quoting Goldie Lockes: 'What was Harper expecting to gain politically and socially by hanging around with Mulroney?'

    --------------------------------------------------

    The proof is in. Harper is human!
    He can screw-up royally, put his foot in his mouth and stink of scandal like the best of them.
  136. p lailey from Canada writes: The contrast between the Liberals and CPC on issues such as this is quite shocking. Harper moves quickly to have the allegations against Mulroney investigated. Is there anyone who believes that if the allegations involved Chretien that the Liberals would move so quickly? The issue would only be investigated once the public outcry became impossible for the Liberals to ignore.
  137. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: p lailey: Seven months is a timely action? In whose books?
  138. AU GT from Long Beach, United States writes: “There is a cover-up somewhere,&8221; Mr. Dion said. &8220;The Prime Minister has a lot to explain. What did he know? When did he know it?&8221;

    Who cares. 15 years ago and a cost of millions to investigate!!!! Why not investigate first prime minister John Macdonald, at least it would be historically interesting and enlightening.
  139. Jim Sheppard from Executive Editor, globeandmail.com, Canada writes: Thanks to everyone who submitted comments today. There were many others that violated our guidelines that we could not publish. Sadly, many people didn't read -- or chose to ignore -- the admonition at the beginning that we would not publish comments about the guilt, innocence or involvement of any individual in matters that are still before the courts.

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