At a late Friday afternoon press conference, Prime Minister Harper announced that he was appointing an independent third party to advise the government on what course it should take on the dealings between German businessman Karl Schreiber and Brian Mulroney when the latter was prime minister.
Harper said he was reversing his previous position there was no need for an investigation because new information had just become available about Schreiber’s payments of $300,000 to Mulroney.
The only problem with Harper’s statement is that it is not true. Seven months ago Schreiber wrote a letter to Harper outlining the payments he made to Mulroney. What happened to this letter – a red-flagger if there ever was one? Harper’s communications chief, Sandra Butler, admits the letter arrived in the Privy Council Office but was never forwarded to the Prime Minister’s office.
Can you believe that? That a letter having potential to blow up a former prime minister was not even sent on to be read by the current prime minister? No wonder Stephane Dion and Jack Layton are outraged by this apparent cover-up. No wonder they both want a full scale judicial inquiry.
In this context, do you think Harper can be trusted to set up an independent inquiry into Mulroney when the same inquiry might blow Harper out of the water.
Who said Stephane Dion will never be prime minister?