Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney had two objectives in his testimony before the parliamentary ethics committee: to clear his own name and to destroy his main antagonist, Karlheinz Schreiber. It seemed to me he accomplished the second more effectively than the first.
Holding up affidavits, quoting chapter and verse of Schreiber’s own often contradictory testimony, Mulroney accused the Canadian-German of being a liar, a falsifier and a perjurer whose only objective was to avoid extradition to Germany.
On the matter of his own good name, Mulroney apologized for ever doing business with Schreiber. But under questioning from the committee’s members Mulroney left many answers dangling especially the matter of the secret payments of $225,000 which he put in safes in Montreal and New York and did not declare as taxable income until six years after he received it.
Mulroney’s explanation of the cash payments paint the picture of a former prime minister who willingly took $75,000 in cash, three times, didn’t put it in a bank, has no proof of the work he did for it and declared the money only when circumstances forced his to.
It is necessary to note that there is nothing illegal about accepting a payment in cash. Also that Brian Mulroney has not been convicted or even charged with anything.
Do you think Brian Mulroney’s appearance in Parliament helped him or hurt him?