Big Canadian scandal going public


Captaid Ed of Capatin's Quarters has broken the publication ban and gives us the scoop on the Canadian  Liberal party scandal that's about to blow them out of office:

On Thursday, Jean Brault began his testimony, subject to the publication ban, and revealed a massive pattern of corruption going to the highest levels of the Liberal party and government. Brault testified to hundreds of thousands of dollars of bogus transactions designed to benefit the Liberal Party of Canada over a period from 1994 to 2002.

Most of the illegal campaign contributions involved Brault either hiring "employees" —— who were in fact working full time on Liberal Party activities —— or paying invoices for Liberal Party campaign expenses (which were never declared as such) or making untraceable cash donations to Liberal officials. In exchange for helping the federal Liberals in Quebec, Brault received millions of dollars in federal advertising contracts.

Brault said he met with Jean Carle, a key aide to then Prime Minister Jean Chretien to propose a more direct way of ensuring that Groupaction got a large share of federal advertising dollars in Quebec. Carle referred Brault to federal bureaucrat Charles ("Chuck") Guiti and told him that "there was room for everybody." Guiti later put together the sponsorship program, in which five Liberal connected firms —— including Groupaction —— were guaranteed a monopoly on government "sponsorship" advertising (e.g. federal advertising at sporting or cultural events) and related work. The sponsorship program eventually became a huge slush fund into which over $250 million was poured, over $100 million of which was paid in fees and commissions to these five advertising firms, with little or any evidence of work done or value for money.

In exchange for these large contracts for little or no work, Brault kicked back generously to the Liberal Party, putting Liberal organizers on his payroll while they continued to perform party work (including, at one point, Prime Minister Jean Chritien's brother, Gaby Chritien), paying invoices to other companies for work actually done for the Liberal Party, and giving large donations —— in cash —— to the Liberal Party through Renaud or Liberal Party organizer (and close associate of Public Works Minister Alfonso Gagliano) Joe Morselli.

There is more, including an update from one of the blogopshere's best, Capitain Ed.

Hat tip: Instapundit

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