Monday, November 12, 2007

Dion Demands Judicial Inquiry

Dion calls for judicial inquiry into Mulroney allegations
Last Updated: Sunday,
November 11, 2007 3:48 PM ET
CBC News
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion is demanding a full judicial inquiry to assess allegations about former prime minister Brian Mulroney and German-Canadian lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber, saying the current government is too close to Mulroney to be objective.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday that his Conservative government would appoint an as-yet-unnamed person to have an independent look into allegations about dealings between Schreiber and Mulroney, whose Progressive Conservatives held power from 1984 to 1993. ..

Back to this in a minute... From the moment I saw Stephane Dion I could not get over how much he resembles (in energy) the lead actor from "Life is Beautiful"
Laughing in the face of adversity is the best way to triumph over it. This is a sentiment I share with Roberto Benigni, director of Life is Beautiful (La Vita è Bella).
Don't count Dion out, he is fighting corporate fascism from within his own party as well as the Reform party fascists in the PM's office.

On Saturday, after media reports indicated that Schreiber had written to Harper about Mulroney in March 2007, Dion called for a judicial inquiry because Harper didn't react at the time.

"These latest revelations demonstrate that Mr. Harper and his government are too close to Mr. Mulroney to assess this situation objectively," Dion said in a release on Saturday.
Schreiber's letter to Harper
"explicitly claims that when Mr. Mulroney sought 'financial help' in 1993, Mr. Schreiber met with him, while he was still the prime minister, and worked out an agreement to provide him with funds," Dion said.
Harper made the government announcement Friday after Schreiber filed an affidavit in an Ontario court claiming he negotiated a $300,000 lobbying deal with Mulroney at the prime minister's retreat in Quebec two days before Mulroney stepped down as prime minister.

The affidavit also alleges a Mulroney adviser asked Schreiber to transfer funds in connection with Air Canada's 1988 purchase of Airbus planes to a Mulroney lawyer based in Switzerland.
allegation about the Airbus funds is similar to the accusations that sparked Mulroney's 1995 lawsuit against the federal government, and resulted in the former prime minister receiving an apology and a settlement of $2.1 million in 1997.
None of the allegations has been proven in court. Schreiber is scheduled to be deported to Germany on Wednesday to face bribery and fraud charges.
PM announces review into Schreiber Airbus allegations
The Fifth Estate: Money, Truth and Spin

In the meantime, keep an eye on Mr. Dion, I sense something here that is not just your average politician. If he can translate his integrity, compassion and intellect to the people over the coming months we could see an interesting time ahead.


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