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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

More on the Mulroney inquiry

The latest news from the PMO on the Mulroney inquiry:



OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the appointment of Professor David Johnston, President of the University of Waterloo, as Independent Advisor to conduct an impartial review of allegations respecting the financial dealings between Mr. Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, in order to make recommendations for an appropriate mandate for a public inquiry. This appointment is effective immediately.

     Professor Johnston will provide his final report to the Prime Minister, in both official languages, by January 11, 2008.

       “I am confident that Professor Johnston will carry out his duties with diligence and rigour”, said Prime Minister Harper. ”As an independent and impartial third party advisor, Professor Johnston will provide the government with the parameters for the public inquiry as well as any other course of action that may be required.”

      An eminent lawyer with a distinguished academic career, Professor Johnston was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario from 1974 to 1979, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University from 1979 to 1994 and has served as President of the University of Waterloo since June 1999.  Professor Johnston has served on numerous provincial and federal task forces and committees.  Recognized for his considerable legal experience and expertise, Professor Johnston is ideally suited to conduct this review and provide independent advice to the government on these allegations and the way forward...

continue reading to see the full terms of reference...


Whereas Mr. Karlheinz Schreiber has made various allegations with respect to his financial dealings with the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, P.C., that go beyond the private interests of the parties, including in an affidavit sworn on November 7, 2007; and

Whereas the allegations with respect to the Right Honourable Mulroney’s time as Prime Minister, although unproven and in part conflicting with other available information, raise questions respecting the integrity of an important office of the Government of Canada;

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 127.1(1)(c) of the Public Service Employment Act, hereby appoints to the position of special adviser to the Prime Minister, David Johnston of St. Clements, Ontario, as Independent Advisor, to hold office during pleasure, for a term ending on January 11, 2008; and

(a)  specifies the duties of the Independent Advisor as to conduct an independent review of those allegations respecting financial dealings between Mr. Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, P.C., and to submit to the Prime Minister by

January 11, 2008

a report in both official languages, which shall

(i) make recommendations as to the appropriate mandate for a  public inquiry into those allegations, including the specific issues that warrant examination, under the Inquiries Act,

(ii) state whether the Independent Advisor, in the course of his review, has determined that there is any prima facie evidence of criminal action; in that case, the report shall make recommendations as to how this determination should be dealt with, and what should be the appropriate mandate and timing for a formal public inquiry in those circumstances, and

(iii) make recommendations as to whether any additional course of action may be appropriate;

(b)  authorizes the Independent Advisor to adopt procedures for the expedient and proper conduct of the independent review, including reviewing relevant records and documents and consulting as appropriate;

(c) fixes his remuneration as set out in the attached schedule, which per diem is within the range ($1,200 - $1,400); and

(d) authorizes the payment, in accordance with Treasury Board policies, of the following expenses incurred in the course of his duties:

(i) travel and living expenses while in travel status in


while away from his normal place of residence in accordance with the Treasury Board Travel Directive and Special Travel Authorities,

(ii) expert staff, as required, and

(iii) any other reasonable expenses as necessary to conduct the independent review.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on November 14, 2007 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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Marc LaLonde

why is this man Schreiber's best pal?

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux | 2007-11-14 6:59:31 PM

It appears in the national media that the good Professor was hired by the Office then Prime
Minister Martin Brian Mulroney,PC,OC,QC -what a
surprise -there are a number of people in this Fair
Dominion that know the details of the non existant Air Bus Affair and the cancelled out Thyssen A.G
Manufacturing Plant -including former Ministers Sinclair Stevens, Elmer MacKay,and probably Don Mazenkowski -there is nothing new here,fact is
Martin Brian Mulroney could not influence the President nor the then Board of Air Canada formerly Trans Canada Airlines -a well known Crown Corporation in the Airline business. Liberal flunkies and Politicos will face much Media interest in how the once mighty Red Machine trolls for money -which in the Patronage capitol of North
America, Nova Scotia resulted in Fraud convictions
under the provisions of that well known RSC the Criminal Code of Canada. Jeez wait 'till they look at Ontario and New Brunswick, MacLeod in tiny pristine boring Moncton New Brunswick

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-11-15 5:52:11 AM

Does anyone other than me think this whole recent Mulrooney affair was a deal between schreiber and liberals to smear Harper. They were trying to find a way to dig out of the hole they are in

Posted by: betty mcmllan | 2007-11-17 9:28:27 AM

Add to that they don't give a damn about spending millions of our dollars to find out if $300,000 of private money was payola.

Surely no sane person could vote for that tribe of Liberal fools.

Posted by: LizJ | 2007-11-17 9:36:40 AM

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