Friday, May 06, 2005

The Undeniable Link between Paul Martin and the Sponsorships Scandal

Here is a startling revelation about Jacques Hudon. Jacques Hudon was a speechwriter for Prime Minister Paul Martin. This revelation came out on May 11, 2004, from the public accounts committee that was looking into the sponsorship scandal before last year’s election. Fearing that damning evidence about liberal corruption was starting to leak, Paul Martin had his government dissolved twelve days later (May 23rd) and called an election while Canadians were still in the dark about liberal corruption.

Before Jacques Hudon began crafting speeches for Paul Martin he worked as a lobbyist for Groupaction. Groupaction is the ad firm which received millions in sponsorship contracts and was headed by President Jean Brault. Jean Brault was the one who told the Gomery Inquiry that he paid kickbacks to the liberal party with cash stuffed in brown envelopes. He also testified that in order to get contracts from the liberals he would have to pay money directly to the party and hire liberal campaign workers to do campaign work.

This is the testimony that was under publication ban, a ban which bloggers (including the Blue Maple Leaf) defied. Justice Gomery eventually lifted that ban in part and Jean Brault’s testimony was revealed.

As recently as this week, Jean Brault’s testimony was confirmed by Chuck Guité. The testimony of Chuck Guité was also under publication ban, until his testimony was partially lifted this week. Guité testified that back in 2000, he was told that then-finance minister Paul Martin had intervened to ensure a Liberal-friendly ad firm wouldn't lose its lucrative contracts with the federal sponsorship program.

Paul Martin has denied that he knew anything about liberal corruption and he continues to deny that he intervened on sponsorship contracts.

Now it is revealed that a key lobbyist, who lobbied on behalf of a major player in the sponsorship scandal, was also a speechwriter for the Prime Minister himself. A fact, which when it came to light last year, prompted Paul Martin to dissolve government and call an early election.

Jacques Hudon no longer writes speeches for the Prime Minister. Instead, he has been appointed to a government position at Industry Canada. He is now the Regional Manager that oversees the awarding of government contracts in Quebec.

The noose that is around this government’s neck is growing ever tighter.


At 9:34 p.m., Anonymous 905 Tory said...

Good work Mike! Already posted a link!

At 1:56 a.m., Anonymous 905 Tory said...

See also the post on this at Conservative Life.

ferret writes:
"Jacques Hudon not only lobbied for Groupaction but also for LaFleur Communications and Gosselin Relations Publiques - two other firms tarnished by scandal. One would think that Paul Martin would try to distance himself from such a questionable character but instead he gave him a job as a Departmental Manager at Industry Canada in Quebec. The job specifically entails the awarding of government contracts in Quebec. You heard me correctly - Paul Martin has employed his former speech writer, who was a central figure involved in the sponsorship scandal, as a person central to the awarding of government contracts! It would appear that Mr. Martin has purchased Mr. Hudon's silence by giving him a plum government job."

At 2:19 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember seeing a copy of a letter that was sent to Paul Martin, Finance Minister, from and MP in 2000? This MP was registering his concern that there were irregularities in the Sponsorship/Unity program. Mr. Martin denies ever reading this. Is there anything that can be followed up re: this letter? Sorry I'm kind of vague with the details...

At 7:08 p.m., Blogger rightwinger said...

Paul Martin could be caught in a threesome being backdoored by one male goat and providing oral pleasure to another male goat and Ontario voters will still vote Liberal, sigh.

Born and raised in the GTA

At 7:52 a.m., Anonymous muttmania said...

Good Stuff- and thank you. Would it not now be appropriate to have the Q.P.P. start a criminal conspiracy/money laudering investigation of the Liberal Party together with the Ottawa City Police Service. The Mounties cannot fulfil this role as they are themselves are tained by the Adscam fiasco. The OPP, although they are capable, may be led by their political masters (the Provincial Liberals)

At 3:04 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberals have a 10 point lead on the CPC in Ontario....this on the heels of more damning evidence this week at Gomery's inquiry.

More dirt on the Grits, leads to a rebound in the polls.

What gives here? Is this representative of Ontario's core values?

...another GTA boy. (Alberta's frigid climate, sans humidity... is looking better all the time,)

At 3:15 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose 5.7 billion Buck$ to Ontario, brokered by Anthony Perkins...can really go a long way in pacifying the outrage.

Provided, there ever was outrage to begin with.

At 3:49 p.m., Blogger Canadi-anna said...

Why is this Hudon person not being called to Gomery?

Anonymous -- the west is going to be full of disenchanted Ontario voters -- I think they'll have to build a wall between us and Manitoba. Licia Corbella (Calgary Sun) writes a great column today about our voting system.

At 5:31 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Canadi-Anna!

Good artcle alright. If the Gomery knoose tightens, the Grits may well promise to fix this democratic deficit too.

Oh cynical me!....I wonder if this is our best shot at a 'fix'. (Me thinks it is)

My pun for the day.


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