Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Blockbuster: Conservative MP bribed

Has audio recording of top Martin staff member and cabinet minister
Listen to it here.


CBC:
Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal alleges that the Liberals offered him plum posts if he helped their minority government survive.

Grewal said the Liberals promised him an ambassadorship or Senate seat for his wife Nina, also a Tory MP, if he didn't vote against their budget in a confidence vote on Thursday, the Canadian Press reported Wednesday.

This is HUGE. If you remember, the Inky Mark thing blew over because he didn't really have proof. This time, Grewal says he has an audio recording:

Grewal alleges he made an audio recording of the offer, which he said came from Liberal cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh and Tim Murphy, Prime Minister Paul Martin's chief of staff.

This could be a criminal offense involving a top cabinet minister and Martin's top staff member. Oh what these Liberals will do for self-preservation. This time, however, it may catch up to them. Sometimes playing dirty will get you dirty.

This is Criminal Code Section 124, which makes bribing an elected official with a public office illegal:

Every one who

(a) purports to sell or agrees to sell an appointment to or a resignation from an office, or a consent to any such appointment or resignation, or receives or agrees to receive a reward or profit from the purported sale thereof, or

(b) purports to purchase or gives a reward or profit for the purported purchase of any such appointment, resignation or consent, or agrees or promises to do so,

is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

Or maybe section 119:

(1) Every one who

(a) being the holder of a judicial office, or being a member of Parliament or of the legislature of a province, corruptly

(i) accepts or obtains,

(ii) agrees to accept, or

(iii) attempts to obtain,

any money, valuable consideration, office, place or employment for himself or another person in respect of anything done or omitted or to be done or omitted by him in his official capacity, or

(b) gives or offers, corruptly, to a person mentioned in paragraph (a) any money, valuable consideration, office, place or employment in respect of anything done or omitted or to be done or omitted by him in his official capacity for himself or another person,

is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.

Someone call the RCMP.

2 comments:

mwj said...

Harper faces a test of nerve today : "Even as the ruling party's dirty laundering is dragged daily before Justice John Gomery, voters say their first priority isn't ethics; it's social policy. Health care and education still trump what to many is only confirmation of dark assumptions about politicians."

Best of luck, Steve.

Jonathan said...

"Health care and education still trump what to many is only confirmation of dark assumptions about politicians.""

Those are provincial responsibilities that the federal government does not deal with. I don't know why people get so worked up about it in federal politics.