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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Smith-Brazeau connection -- Deeper than I ever imagined

From my post on David Smith's questionable aboriginal status:

One more thing. According to Chief Whiteduck, the family name of Brazeau is common enough in Maniwaki. I haven't figured out if Frank Brazeau, who seems to play a major part as the "inside man", came from this branch of the family. If he did, one wonders just how far back Smith and Brazeau go.

The answer: two generations.

From a source on the reserve who would prefer to remain unnamed:

Brazeau is from our reserve and is an aboriginal...Smith is from Maniwaki but is not an aboriginal. Funny coincidence, but Smith and Brazeau are related on their MOTHER's side both of whom are french quebecers. Smith's mother ... Suzanne Clément Smith and Brazeau's grandmother ... Thélorèse Clément Fournier are sisters. That means Brazeau's mother and Smith are direct cousins.

Wow! This means that Frank Brazeau, the bureaucrat suspended without pay over the bad contracts, and Liberal MP David Smith, former owner of the company Abotech that profited from those same contracts, are related!

A "funny coincidence"? Or evidence of a conspiracy between cousins who grew up close to each other, one a Liberal member of parliament, and the other a bureaucrat in the department in charge of allocating contracts to aboriginal firms, and also the former secretary of the Liberal Party riding association for that very same Liberal MP? Remember that Brazeau became the secretary for the Liberal association right after the 2004 election, the same election that saw David Smith first elected for that riding.

If this information is good, this is amazing!

I wonder if the RCMP is reading this.

[Cross posted from Angry in the Great White North]

Posted by Steve Janke on October 25, 2005 | Permalink


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One certainly hopes the RCMP is reading this. One's faith in their taking any action as a result is sadly diminished.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-10-25 5:32:41 PM

Couldn't someone walk into an RCMP detachment and make a complaint about something like this ? Then wouldn't they have to refer it to someone in say, their Commercial Crimes Unit ? Or am I just being naive ?

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-10-25 8:50:07 PM

Couldn't someone walk into an RCMP detachment and make a complaint about something like this ? Then wouldn't they have to refer it to someone in say, their Commercial Crimes Unit ? Or am I just being naive ?

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-10-25 8:51:52 PM

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is organized under the authority of the RCMP Act. In accordance with the Act, it is headed by the Commissioner, who, under the direction of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, has the control and management of the Force and all matters connected therewith.

That would be the Honourable Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Posted by: asdf | 2005-10-26 5:16:37 AM

The RCMP has become just another simple service department of government. We really do not have an independent national police force free of political interference. In talking to several retired members they are just sick at what has happened to their once proud force. Sick.

Posted by: AsISeeIt | 2005-10-26 8:41:49 AM

Speaking of "funny coincidences":

Fox News story October 21 re: latest UN scandal:

"It now appears that while doing business with the U.N., IHC had links both to Saddam Hussein’s old sanctions-busting networks, and to a Liechtenstein-based businessman, Engelbert Schreiber, Jr., known among other things for his ties to a figure designated by the U.N. itself as a financier of Al Qaeda"

CBC News story May 18, 2004 re: former PM "acquaintance":

"The German-Canadian businessman accused of tax evasion on Airbus sales to Air Canada is one step closer to being extradited to Germany. The German government has accused Karlheinz Schreiber of fraud, bribery and failure to pay tax on $20 million in commissions related to sales in the 1980s of Airbus jets to Canada and Thailand."

Just idle speculation, of course, but isn't Liechtenstein sort of close to Germany?

Posted by: anon | 2005-10-26 9:14:58 AM

Yes, by all means alert the RCMP. A good, stiff couple of months of house arrest will teach these guys that public money doesn't belong to them.

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2005-10-26 10:16:02 AM

Betcha if you look closely enough you will even discover Ward Churchill is related to them too!

Posted by: NOTR | 2005-10-26 5:05:58 PM

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