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On Brian Mulroney

November 14th, 2007

A quick excerpt from Brian Mulroney Memoirs:

I had long been impressed by the elaborate courtesies extended to former American presidents by their successors, “out of respect for the office,” even when their earlier relations were not warm. I was determined to act in the same fashion toward my predecessor.

During the 1984 campaign I had promised a commission of inquiry into the Petro-Canada financial transactions. I was aware of substantive allegations about prominent Liberals – including some close to the Prime Minister – making millions on the deal when Petro-Canada was set up. Upon reflection, I declined to proceed when it became clear that Trudeau would be forced to testify, thereby being caught up in the media circus that could badly harm him and his family. Because I believed it would be wrong to drag a former Prime Minister through the mud, I cancelled plans for the inquiry (Mulroney, Brian. Memoirs: 1939-1993. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 2007. Page 529)

I point this quote out not because he’s right, he’s not, at least not when it comes to possible criminal action, but because it says a lot about Mulroney. And it says a lot about our political process. As I mentioned last month about a Warren Kinsella penned article:

Here’s a tip for Warren Kinsella, and the rest of the Liberal party. it wasn’t the Gomery Commission that dealt the shattering blow, it was the acts committed by members of the Liberal party that the Gomery Commission investigated that dealt the blow.

Same principle here, an inquiry doesn’t dis-respect the office, it’s the actions of the office holder that stand to disrespect the office.

Stephen Harper is right to call an inquiry, and it should be a full inquiry, looking into Mulroney’s actions while in office, as well as the later actions of Jean Cretien regarding the Airbus probe, reporters who won’t let this story go, and anyone else involved in this story. It’s time for full accountability or, if no accountability is required, to put this story to rest.

Brian Mulroney, Silly Politicians

  1. Anonymous
    November 14th, 2007 at 18:10 | #1

    One must note that Mulroney was speaking of former U.S. presidents prior to Jimmy Carter, who has shown no grace or “respect for the office” to the GW Bush administration.

    Interesting about Petro-Can and the Trudeauvians, and we are also reminded elsewhere of Marc Lalonde’s enduring affection and supplying of bail money for Herr Schreiber as well. And what of the still unaccounted for AdScam money – Ti-Jean? (Another who came into millions for services of uncertain worth).

  2. Warren
    November 14th, 2007 at 19:01 | #2

    Your comments might be treated a bit more seriously if could spell “inquiry” properly. Just a thought.

  3. Brian
    November 14th, 2007 at 23:27 | #3

    Noted and corrected Warren. That’s what happens when you are short of time and rely on spell check.

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