The Oliphant Inquiry – May 12, 2009 (Part 2 of 2)

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The Oliphant Inquiry – May 12, 2009 (Part 2 of 2)

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

Witness: Brian Mulroney

The Commission continues to hear testimony from Mr. Mulroney, a former prime minister of Canada, with direct examination being conducted by Guy Pratte (Counsel for Mr. Mulroney). He is asked about payments made by Bear Head Industries to Frank Moores and other lobbyists following the federal government’s signing, in September 1988, of an “understanding in principle” for a proposed manufacturing plant for military vehicles to be built in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Denying any influence on the part of Mr. Schreiber, Mr. Mulroney recalls his growing resistance to the Bear Head Project in light of concerns raised by Paul Tellier and others. He is questioned about a June 1993 meeting with Mr. Schreiber and Fred Doucet in Ottawa and about a meeting, later the same month, with Mr. Schreiber at Harrington Lake. Recalling the Harrington Lake meeting in detail, Mr. Mulroney denies entering into a business agreement with Mr. Schreiber concerning the Bear Head Project. He describes in detail an August 1993 meeting with Mr. Schreiber in a hotel room at Mirabel Airport, including a cash payment by Mr. Schreiber, allegedly made in exchange for Mr. Mulroney’s agreement to promote Thyssen military vehicles internationally for use in peacekeeping missions. Mr. Mulroney proceeds to explain his ongoing commitment to United Nations peacekeeping efforts.