The Oliphant Inquiry – April 29, 2009

Inquiries on CPAC

The Oliphant Inquiry – April 29, 2009

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

Witnesses: Kim Campbell, Perrin Beatty

Lead Commission Counsel Richard Wolson conducts examination of Kim Campbell (former Prime Minister of Canada and former Minister of National Defence), with questions focusing on Mr. Schreiber’s correspondence with Ms. Campbell during her time as the minister of National Defence and during her time as the prime minister of Canada. Richard Auger (Counsel for Mr. Schreiber) conducts a short cross-examination. The Commission proceeds to hear testimony from Perrin Beatty (former Minister of National Defence), with Commission Counsel Evan Roitenberg conducting examination. Mr. Beatty describes criteria and procedures for defence procurement and recalls lobbying by Bear Head Industries for a proposed manufacturing plant for military vehicles to be located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He speaks in detail about his own signing of a September 1988 “understanding in principle” between the federal government and Bear Head.