Brian Mulroney testifies before Canadian House of Commons
Friday, December 14, 2007
In his testimony, Mulroney said that he should not have associated with German businessman nor should have he accepted bundles of cash — which he placed in in two different countries.
Nonetheless, Mulroney denied accepting. He admitted taking about 225,000 in cash from Schreiber in 1993 and 1994, which was after his departure from politics. He also said that the money involved promoting Schreiber's private business dealings.
To the committee Muroney said: "When I look back on it today, I realize I made a serious error of judgment in receiving a payment in cash for this assignment even though it was decidedly not illegal to do so. That mistake in judgment was mine alone. I apologize and I accept full responsibility for it. ... I should have declined the offer. I should have insisted that payment be in a more transparent or more accountable manner. By not doing so I inadvertently created an impression of impropriety on the high office I was privileged to hold."
"Do you realize, Mr. Mulroney, that the way in which you acted in this matter did not make it appear that it were a legitimate transaction," said MPof .
Two days earlier, Schreiber testified before the same committee, alleging that Mulroney agreed to accept CAD300,000 to promote a light armored vehicle factory and benefited from the purchase of 34 Airbus aircraft by Air Canada.
"I never received a cent from anyone for services rendered to anyone in connection with the purchase by Air Canada from Airbus of 34 aircraft," Mulroney said, refuting Schreiber.
Mulroney also attacked Schreiber's credibility, pointing out that the German could beto his home country where he faces charges. "He succeeded. He got what he wanted ... he’s sitting in his mansion over in Rockcliffe," Mulroney said. "I think he seriously misled every member of this House ... with this false affidavit."
The committee's investigation will resume in late January, when it is expected to call dozens of witnesses.
- "Canada announces Mulroney inquiry" — , November 14, 2007
- Bruce Campion-Smith and Richard Brennan. "Mulroney: 'I erred in judgment'" — , December 13, 2007
- Rob Gillies. "Ex-Canada PM Mulroney Denies Wrongdoing" — , December 13, 2007
- Don Martin. "Truth lost between Mulroney and Schreiber's stories" — , December 13, 2007
- Juliet O'Neill. "Mulroney set to testify in ethics probe" — , December 12, 2007
- "Mulroney follows Schreiber to ethics inquiry as credibility battle looms" — , December 12, 2007