The more I think about it, the more concerned I am that in opting for a full-blown judicial inquiry into the Schreiber-Mulroney affair, Prime Minister Harper has made a monumental error.

Just consider. Such an inquiry will last at least a year, it will cost upwards of $50 million dollars, it will make a lot of lawyers rich, it will unjustly tarnish a lot of reputations and there is no guarantee that it will unearth the real culprits, let alone put them behind bars.

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says he wants a big inquiry to clear his name. Fair enough. But does the Canadian taxpayer have a paramount interest in helping him do so?

And now it looks as though one of the key witnesses in the inquiry is ready to clam up. Karlheinz Schreiber says if he is shipped back to Germany on December first he won’t testify at all. Just visualize the scene: squads of lawyers sitting at long tables, their money meters running, and the chief witness takes the fifth.

Earlier this week in Montreal former Prime Minister Jean Chretien said Harper should turn the whole mess over to the cops. Is it too late for that? It’s very hard to shove the toothpaste back into the tube. Harper would find it very hard to back down.

However, there is still a ray of hope. Dr. Johnson, the special consultant on this matter, could still recommend something less than a public inquiry – like calling in the cops. They can concentrate on the one central question: why did Schreiber pay his friend Mulroney $300,000, why did Mulroney delay paying taxes on this money and what did he do for this sum? (In fact Mulroney now says he committed « a colossal mistake » in accepting the money from Schreiber for vague consulting fees).

Do you think the Schreiber-Mulroney matter should be turned over to the police?

Or do you favour a full public inquiry?

In any event, shouldn’t the Harper government keep Schreiber in Canada until any investigation or inquiry is complete?



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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    In this affair, all involved, at one time or another, have lied through their noses. Why on earth would they start telling the truth now? Public or police inquiries can not succeed if the parties do not fully cooperate. I regret to say that I have no confidence at all in Mr Mulroney and even less in Mr Schreiber. Harper is a shrewd politician who is not to be trusted out of sight. So…?

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Police matter.
    Call in the coppers.
    And, by the way, in today’s Gazette, Luc Lavoie, Mulroney’s spokesperson said that Mulroney, while Prime Minister, found it hard living on just the Prime Minister’s salary. But I seem to recall that the Progressive Conservative Party supplemented his salary by an additional hefty annual income and that this is part of the public record…no?

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    I read Lavoie’s statement in the Gazette. Of course it leaves a door opened for Mulroney to later say he was misquoted or misunderstood, etc…
    Over my 40 years carreer with delinquents and delinquent minds when I heard someone admitting having committed an error it was to be decoded as meaning « I got caught, what did I do wrong, next time I’ll be wiser ». Some times the regrets were about the wrong done to others, but not very often and the older the culprit, the less sincere the regrets were.

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    Barbara Says:

    I’ll repeat what I said a week ago …

    What puzzles me is the millions that will be spent on this inquiry, not to mention keeping Schreiber in Canada, over $300,000 allegedly given by Schreiber to Mulroney.

    I am no fan of Mulroney, but I can’t help but wonder if Schreiber is pulling someone’s chain.

    Posted on November 14, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Canadians are funny people. They are willing to spend oodles of money on a public inquiry that may or may not resolve anything (do they EVER resolve anything?) and let those sleazebag weasels take even MORE money from the public purse.

    Let the police and their forensic accountants deal with it. That’s what they get paid for.

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    Chimera Says:

    I definitely think Schreiber is pulling someone’s chain!

    He won’t testify if he’s sent back to Germany? Well, that’ll save us the cost of a go-nowhere « inquiry » whose only purpose will be to provide salaries for those on the list of « investigators. » Nothing will come of it, anyway, so why are we hesitating? Get him packed and get him outa here!

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    Thanks for the kind words. I hope you’ll leave the occasional comment.

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    Joanne Nicholls Says:

    This things stinks as badly as the weird fish the guy in my office left on his desk all day.

    That said, the police should have been involved all along and should be now. If, after that, the situation still warrants, then there should be an inquiry.

    Just because someone is a businessman, a politician or simply wealthy does not make them above the law and they should be investigated as anyone else would be.

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    John Says:

    I must confess to being totally confused.

    Mulrooney wants a full scale judicial inquiry.
    To do what?
    To ask him why some crook paid him 300 g’s while he was PM and what he did to earn it?
    Why doesn’t he just answer the question without the inquiry?
    Does he think somebody else might have the answer to the question?

    I agree with those that say let the police ask him.
    If they don’t like the answer launch an investigation.

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    My personal dealings with the RCMP shos that the RCMO hesisates to prosecutes the others who do the same thing the RCMP does..

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