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Friday, July 20, 2007

David Pretlove story continues to develop

The latest on David Pretlove, the director of the Ontario wing of the federal Liberal Party who appears to have attempted last January to suppress an investigation into money stolen from the London riding association.  His efforts failed, and this week one of this former staffers, Suzan Pawlak, was charged with 42 counts of fraud and forgery.

The Conservatives have joined the NDP in demanding some sort of investigation in David Pretlove and Suzan Pawlak:

And Joe Preston, the Conservative MP for the riding, joined the call for Dion to "show some leadership" and investigate.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Party has said it will do...nothing!

Michael Crawley, president of the Ontario wing of the party, said Pretlove's offer was made without the knowledge or authorization of party brass.

He said Pretlove decided some time ago he'd be leaving the party, so seeking his suspension is a "moot point."

I don't expect this lull to last long.  If Pretlove was acting directly on Pawlak's behalf, and if his actions crossed the line into possible criminal actions, then the Liberal Party has a serious problem.  He was the interim director for the Liberal Party when this happened.  At the very least, a detailed analysis and audit of all his office's decisions and actions might be in order, to determine if he attempted to use his title, his office, or the funds under his control, to aid Pawlak or anyone else.

And we still don't know what prompted Pretlove to send this strange offer to the London riding association.  If it was done on Pawlak's behalf, a question would be why.  If there was some sort of relationship that went beyond merely business, the opens up all sorts of other questions and avenues for investigation.  It also draws in co-workers who might be asked what they knew of the situation in the office, and why they did not act on suspicions of potential wrongdoings if any suspicions existed.

[A full listing of posts on this developing story is available at Angry in the Great White North]

Posted by Steve Janke on July 20, 2007 | Permalink


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Creepy Crawley says the offer was made without the authorization or knowledge of the party brass.
So what do you have to do if you're a Liberal, ask permission from the top to break the law?
And you can bet your ass Pawlak was taking Dicktation from Pretlove.

Posted by: atric | 2007-07-20 9:10:05 AM

"Pawlak was taking Dicktation from Pretlove"

Watch your language, or I'll send the Senator from ChappaquiDick to straighten you out!

Posted by: obc | 2007-07-20 9:40:33 AM

Yeah, but it's all so predicktable. Whenever there's a Libral in the room, you know somebody's gonna get screwed.
Please OBC, I don't need him here. I've already finished my swimming lesson for today.

Posted by: atric | 2007-07-20 11:32:15 AM

Here is an opportunity for the London Free Press investigative journalists to do some major work on
a situation that begs answers.

Will it happen?

Not likely.

Investigative journalism is not one of London FP's strengths, particularly when Libs and ND's are in question.
We may have to go to the internet in London.
London Fog or perhaps the London FREAK Press.

Posted by: Joe Molnar | 2007-07-20 11:41:02 AM

This reminds me of a huge billboard I saw outside Kingston, New York years ago that flummoxed me for 20 minutes before I figured it out. It read:

Who killed JFK? Who killed RFK?

Who killed MLK? Who killed MJK?

I'll try to come back soon and see who has these 4 sets of initials figured out.

Posted by: obc | 2007-07-20 12:55:59 PM

JFK - John Kennedy
RFK - Robert Kennedy
MLK - Martin Luther King
MJK - Mary Jo Kopechne

Yawn. That took all of 30 seconds.

Posted by: St Albion Parish News | 2007-07-20 3:06:59 PM

So what does h2o273kk9 really stand for. If anyone gets it, I'll leave forever.

SAPN, you made a big stink about how stupid we were for not figuring out your name. You first!

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-07-20 5:20:02 PM

h20 ~

He hasn't figured out my name yet either - and I'm responsible for having named the tallest mountain in North America.

Posted by: obc | 2007-07-20 5:48:56 PM

Criminal Liberal activity and especially their bad policies will eat into many people's paycheques for years to come, that party held down people's wages and increased their taxes because they were desperate for power - but many Canadians don't mind, they'll hold off retiring for a few more years, they'll take out longer mortgages, they'll drive an older car, etc. - all for the Liberal Party. About 30% of voters apparently. Strange. They probably only vote Liberal because they actually hate their neighbours, so it's worth the suffering to them.

Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-07-20 11:09:06 PM

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