The Oliphant Inquiry – April 20, 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

Inquiries on CPAC

The Oliphant Inquiry – April 20, 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: Patrick MacAdam, Donald Smith

Commission Counsel Nancy Brooks conducts examination of Patrick MacAdam (the former director of GCI and Mr. Mulroney’s former caucus liaison officer). Describing his own role as Mr. Mulroney’s “gatekeeper” in 1983 and 1984, Mr. MacAdam denies earlier claims that Mr. Schreiber knew Mr. Mulroney and visited him on Parliament Hill during that time period. He speaks about work for the lobbying firm GCI and about his correspondence with author William Kaplan concerning Mr. Mulroney’s and Mr. Schreiber’s relationship. The Commission then hears testimony pertaining to the fate of sixteen letters mailed by Mr. Schreiber to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006 and 2007, including letters detailing financial transactions between Mr. Schreiber and Mr. Mulroney. Ms. Brooks conducts examination of Donald Smith (a senior editor in the Executive Correspondence Unit of the Privy Council Office), who provides a detailed description of procedures for the processing of mail addressed to the prime minister and discusses the handling of Mr. Schreiber’s letters.