Monday, April 04, 2005

Jean Brault Testimony Continues on Day Two – Paul Martin Connection

The following excerpt is reprinted from an article at The Captain’s Quarters. The Captain’s Quarters is an American Blog that is defying the publication ban of the Gomery commission, by relaying the evidence provided by Jean Brault. Jean Brault was the former head of Groupaction, an ad agency hired by the federal government to provide marketing and advertising expertise for the $250 million sponsorship program. Below is some of what he had to say.

The Martin Connections

So far, Jean Brault has testified that in addition to the roughly $250,000 (US) his company legitimately gave to the Liberal Party, they made almost $250,000 in under the table contributions (cash donations, or donations funneled through employees or other companies), and put party workers on the payroll for an in-kind contribution value of about $200,000. Most of Brault’s testimony seems to implicate the circles around Jean Chrétien and Alfonso Gagliano – who are all persona non grata in the “new” Liberal administration of Paul Martin - but there seem to be few direct links to the new regime.

However, Brault's testimony does appear to indicate that those links do exist.

Brault was invited to join a consultative committee for Rogers Cantel – a Canadian mobile phone company, chaired by former Liberal cabinet minister and key Martin ally Francis Fox. (Fox later served as Martin’s Principal Secretary when Martin became Prime Minister). At one of the Cantel lunches, another former Liberal minister and Martin organizer Jacques Olivier told Brault that he should “Stick to Corriveau. He will open doors for you.” (Olivier was referring to key Chrétien ally Jacques Corriveau, who Brault brought in as a subcontractor on advertising contracts.) This shows that two of Martin’s key Quebec organizers knew what was happening with government contracting and sponsorships.

Another connection is through Liberal organizer – and former assistant to Fox – Yvon Desrochers. When Brault was asked about direct political interference in the awarding of sponsorships, he mentioned that Desrochers and Corriveau pushed hard for approval of federal money for the renovation of the Corona Theatre in the riding of Liberal cabinet minister Lucienne Robillard (who still sits in Paul Martin’s cabinet as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs), even though there were indications of construction problems. The person responsible for transferring the funds was told to “cut the check and don’t ask questions.”

Close ties link Fox, Olivier, Desrochers, Martin fundraiser and former hockey star Serge Savard, and another one of the Adscam firms – Claude Boulay’s Groupe Everest – and all are connected with the Martin, not Chrétien, wing of the Liberal Party in Quebec. (Desrochers later committed suicide after the discovery of another corruption scandal, the Montreal International Aquatic Games, in which millions of dollars went missing.)

To read the article posted at The Captain’s Quarters in full, please follow the link.


At 10:12 p.m., Blogger ferrethouse said...

You are a brave man. I respect you for doing this. I just hope you've thoroughly considered the implications. The American bloggers are taking care of business with regards to this issue. We should preserve our blogs for the many battles that won't be subject to publication bans.


At 10:24 p.m., Blogger Michael said...

Thank you for your comments. My jammy-jams and my soap on a rope are packed and sitting by the door. I am ready for whatever will come of this.

At 10:37 p.m., Blogger David J. Driver said...

I'm with you Michael. I think the reason web logs are here is to provide people with information.

Take a look at my article, I think you'll like my point of view.

At 10:28 p.m., Blogger John Downing said...

I'm blown away Michael. I decided to take the links down from "Mindless in Ottawa" on Monday. I'm not even sure why I removed them. I was in a fever induced haze, maybe that can be my excuse.

Looking at your site now, I am in awe. Thanks for the great work!


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