Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Grewal Tapes May Show More

According to a new CTV article the Grewal tapes, which have still not been fully released by the Conservatives, may in fact show two important things. First, that Martin himself was ready to offer talk to Grewal about defecting to the Liberal party and second, that he was in fact offered a government position to take affect two weeks after the vote.

These revelations come not from the Conservatives themselves, but from CTV News' Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife who apparently has seen the full transcripts, which are expected to be released very soon (even possibly later today). Shortly after the transcripts are made public the Conservatives are expected to turn the tapes over to the RCMP to help launch their criminal investigation into the case.

According to the article, federal ethics commissioner Bernard Shapiro is expected to launch an investigation into all the possible Liberal offers but if you have any knowledge of the federal ethics commissioners past work you will realize that means next to nothing. Since the commissioner is appointed by and only reports to the Prime Minister himself, somehow he has never managed to find any significant conflicts of interest in this Liberal government and I don't see him starting now.

There's a bit more talk about the tapes over at Captain's Quarters.

Update:
The transcripts have been released and as expected they show pretty clear attempts by the Liberals to bribe Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal and his wife. They even get to the point of discussing how long they may have to wait (as little as 2 to 4 weeks) before giving the Grewal's their bonuses to avoid people making the connections with the switch. As anyone with any knowledge of Canadian politics knows, the general population has very short term memories; a fact the Liberals play on continuously to stay in power.

One of the more interesting aspects of the tapes is that it while it shows pretty strongly that the Grewal's were offered Parliamentary Secretary or Cabinet positions to abstain or switch sides, they also strongly imply that several other defectors over the years have done so with similar offers.

Check out Captain Ed's post for more details, links and discussion.
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On a related note, check out Captain Ed's story on the first guilty plea for Adscam related offenses. Hopefully this will be just the beginning.

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