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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Did the PM know about Sponsorship?

I read something tonight that shed new light on this whole Sponsorship affair. In Willaim Johnson's book, "Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada", he makes a very interesting point that may prove that the then Finance Minister, Paul Martin, knew perfectly well about the redirection of funds used for Sponsorship.

In early 2004, the PM tried to dodge a question on the "national unity reserve" by stating that it had been created by Brian Mulroney in 1992. But, as William states, this fund was reauthorized in 1996 (beginning of Sponsorship Program) by the then Finance Minister. I'll quote from page 352:

The [national unity] reserve had been created in 1992 when Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister. But it automatically lapsed under a sunset clause in 1996 and it had then been specifically renewed, reinstated, and that had required the signature of the Finance Minister - of Paul Martin. He had, indeed, signed it.

My goodness... is this the proof that he knew something was up?


  • At Sun. Nov. 06, 03:49:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    and why do we have to dig so hard for proof!?...what we need to see is when will he pay the price for it!!and surely this isn't the only proof.
    Why are Canadians ( Ontarians) so relaxed about this...but in the states elected officials lose their posts when they are found to spend 'party' funds...not tax payers money?...grrr!!!


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