The Oliphant Inquiry – March 30, 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

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The Oliphant Inquiry – March 30, 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

Witness: Bill McKnight

On the first day of public testimony, Lead Commission Counsel Richard Wolson makes an opening statement providing context for the inquiry, outlining the role of Commission counsel, and explaining procedures for the presentation of evidence. The Commission hears testimony from Bill McKnight (former Minister of National Defence). Under direct examination by Commission Counsel Evan Roitenberg, Mr. McKnight describes his involvement, beginning in 1989, with the Bear Head Project, a proposed manufacturing plant for military vehicles to be located on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He recalls meetings with Mr. Schreiber and the Canadian government’s uncertainty about the purchase of military vehicles from Bear Head Industries. There are brief cross-examinations of Mr. McKnight by Guy Pratte (Counsel for Mr. Mulroney), Richard Auger (Counsel for Mr. Schreiber), and Paul Vickery (on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada).