Some years ago, Brian Mulroney received $300,000 in cash from a German arms dealer named Schreiber who was a central figure in the Airbus affair. The money was handed over in three hotel rooms in New York and Montreal. Mr. Mulroney claimed he was given the money to help Mr. Schreiber establish a light-armoured vehicle factory for a European company and also to help promote Mr. Schreiber’s pasta business.
Subsequently Mulroney and Schreiber fell out. Schreiber claimed Mulroney had not kept his part of the bargain and sued him for the $300,000 plus interest. Last week an Ontario judge ordered Mulroney to pay Schreiber $470,000. Two days later another Ontario judge quashed the first order.
The whole transaction stinks to high heaven. For example, did Mulroney pay tax on the $300,000? Yet Mr. Mulroney and his lawyers argue there should be no suspicion, no questions need be asked and they blame the media for showing an interest in the affair.
Surely Mulroney must realize that if you choose to hide, people will assume you’re hiding for a reason. It seems to me it would be far better for everyone concenred – including Mulroney – if he came clean.