The Oliphant Inquiry – May 5, 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

Inquiries on CPAC

The Oliphant Inquiry – May 5, 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

Witnesses: Lowell Murray, Paul Tellier

Commission Counsel Evan Roitenberg conducts examination of Senator Lowell Murray (a former federal cabinet minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). Senator Murray is questioned in detail about his support, while a member of Mr. Mulroney’s cabinet, for the Bear Head Project, a proposed manufacturing plant for military vehicles to be built in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He is asked about his signing of a September 1988 “understanding in principle” between the Canadian Government and Bear Head Industries, about the noncommittal nature of the document, and about attempts to have Perrin Beatty (Minister of National Defence at the time) sign the document. Robert Houston (Counsel for Fred Doucet) conducts a brief cross-examination of Senator Murray. Paul Tellier (former Clerk of the Privy Council) begins testimony, with Commission Counsel Giuseppe Battista conducting examination. Mr. Tellier describes the working relationship between the Privy Council Office (PCO) and the Prime Minister’s Office and outlines the PCO’s concerns about the Bear Head Project.