Ottawa — Karlheinz Schreiber says Brian Mulroney's appearance at the Commons ethics committee was a “smoke-and-mirror show.”
A feisty Mr. Schreiber told the committee Monday that the former prime minister lied Dec. 3 when he testified that Schreiber had misled the committee.
The German-Canadian businessman dismissed Mr. Mulroney's suggestion that secret cash payments were for international lobbying.
Mr. Schreiber insisted again that the money was to lobby the federal government on behalf of the Bear Head project, a plan to build light armoured vehicles in Canada.
Enlarge Image Brian Mulroney, Elmer MacKay and Karlheinz Schreiber in this undated photo while Mr. Mulroney was prime minister.
Mr. Schreiber has said he made an agreement with Mr. Mulroney in 1993 — before Mr. Mulroney left office — to lobby the government, which would be a breach of ethics rules.
He has said he eventually paid Mr. Mulroney $300,000 in cash. Mr. Mulroney claims it was $225,000 and for work abroad.
The payments, undisclosed for years after Mr. Mulroney left office in 1993, cast new light on a $2.1-million libel settlement Mr. Mulroney negotiated with the Canadian government after being named in a 1995 RCMP investigation into alleged kickbacks involving the sale of Airbus planes to Air Canada.
A series of witnesses have given contradictory evidence, and several MPs on the committee have agreed that only a public inquiry promised by Mr. Harper has any hope of getting to the bottom of the controversy.
I hope Harper will do that! Otherwise, this is just a circus show!! Similar to the investigation into the Sponsorship Scandal, where the fine Gents were winding and twisting themselves in a web of lies.
What scum we have everywhere in the upper echelons! Don't want to know how many there are on the lower shelves!