Inquiries on CPAC - The Oliphant Inquiry – May 19, 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 Lead Commission Counsel Richard Wolson resuming cross-examination. Mr. Wolson’s questions focus on the nature of Mr. Mulroney’s supposed international promotion, on behalf of Mr. Schreiber, of Thyssen military vehicles for peacekeeping missions. Mr. Mulroney describes visits to France, China, Russia, and the United States as part of an effort to gain support for a purchase of Thyssen vehicles by the United Nations. He speaks about a February 1998 meeting with Mr. Schreiber in Zurich, Switzerland, denying earlier claims that he asked Mr. Schreiber about the existence of evidence of their business dealings. He is asked about attempts by Fred Doucet, in 1999 and 2000, to clarify the nature of the business relationship between Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Schreiber. Despite persistent objections from Mr. Mulroney’s counsel, the former prime minister is questioned in detail about a 1999 deal with the Canada Revenue Agency to pay income tax on cash payments received from Mr. Schreiber in 1993 and 1994.