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Donations to Liberals led to sponsorship work: Brault
CBC News ^ | Thu, 07 Apr 2005 14:13:49 EDT | CBC News

Posted on 04/07/2005 11:20:25 AM PDT by fanfan

Donations to Liberals led to sponsorship work: Brault Last Updated Thu, 07 Apr 2005 14:13:49 EDT CBC News

MONTREAL - The former head of a Quebec advertising company has told the Gomery inquiry that he was repeatedly asked to give cash donations to the Liberal party and put election workers on his payroll in exchange for federal sponsorship contracts.

* INDEPTH: Sponsorship Scandal

Former Groupaction executive Jean Brault (CP file photo).

Jean Brault, the former head of Groupaction Marketing, testified that the scheme to funnel taxpayers' dollars to the Liberal party in the 1993, 1997 and 2000 federal election campaigns continued as recently as 2002.

"If it wasn't for our contributions to the party, we never would have had such a big piece of the sponsorship pie," he said.

Brault began testifying about his role in the sponsorship program last week, but Justice John Gomery banned publication of his testimony.

The ad executive had been scheduled to go on trial, along with co-accused Chuck Guité, on May 2 on fraud charges relating to sponsorship contracts. Gomery ruled that allowing media to report on Brault's testimony at the inquiry could hurt the two men's chances of getting a fair hearing in their criminal trial.

Lawyers for Brault and Guité had asked that the trial be put off until September, but on Wednesday, a Quebec judge postponed it only until June 6.

In the wake of that decision, Gomery partially lifted the publication ban at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, allowing many details of Brault's testimony to be broadcast.

Brault discovers 'magic recipe' for work

During his testimony at the inquiry, Brault described a system that churned out secret payments to Liberal campaign workers – payments that were covered up with fake invoices.

The paper trail suggests Brault made $1.1 million in contributions to the Liberal party that never appeared on the books. That was in addition to the $166,000 in legitimate donations Brault and his companies made to the Liberals over seven years.

Brault said he found out that the "magic recipe" to get sponsorship contracts was to "lend a sympathetic ear" to the party?s demands.

In 1996, he testified, he met with Jacques Corriveau, head of Pluridesign and a key member of Jean Chrétien's Liberal leadership campaigns.

Brault said that during a meeting on April 16, 1996, Corriveau asked him to "take under my wing for a period of a year, one person who was well liked" by the party – Serge Gosselin.

Brault testified that Gosselin, a communications expert, never had an office at Groupaction and did little or no work. Nevertheless, Brault agreed to pay him more than $80,000.

Party workers put on Groupaction payroll

Brault also told the inquiry that he put about a dozen party workers on his staff during the 1997 election campaign.

After that election, the Quebec wing of the Liberal party was broke and owed money for campaign signs and pamphlets produced for candidates across the province, among other things.

One of the party's creditors was Corriveau, whose company produced billboards and posters for Liberal candidates in Quebec.

Brault claims Corriveau asked him in the spring of 1998 to funnel to the party 10 per cent of the commission fees Brault charged on some sponsorship contracts. Groupaction charged the federal government a 12-per-cent commission to manage sponsorship projects.

"My understanding is that this money was destined for the Liberal cause," said Brault.

Contracts in jeopardy over hiring: Brault

Brault named two other high-ranking members of the federal Liberal party as key cogs in the sponsorship scheme: Alain Renaud, who worked at the party?s offices in Montreal; and Benoît Corbeil, a former official at the party?s offices.

Brault told the inquiry that Renaud was paid $1.1 million between 1996 and 2001.

Renaud left Groupaction in September 2000, but decided he wanted to come back six months later. Brault balked.

He told the inquiry that he then received a phone call from Tony Mignacca, a close aide to Public Works Minister Alfonso Gagliano.

Brault said Mignacca hinted Groupaction?s large contract with Via Rail might be in jeopardy if Renaud was not hired back.

Cash left on chair for fundraiser: Brault

Brault also spoke of a meeting he had when Joe Morselli, a close friend of Gagliano, took over fundraising duties for the party in Quebec.

Brault says he was asked to meet Morselli in an Italian restaurant and leave envelopes with thousands of dollars in cash for the party on a chair.

"I went up to go to the bathroom," he said. "When I got back, the money was gone."

In February 2004, Auditor General Sheila Fraser released a report suggesting that as much as $100 million from the program went to Quebec-based advertising companies for little or no work.

Prime Minister Paul Martin immediately called a public inquiry into the affair.


TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: adscam; canada; liberals

1 posted on 04/07/2005 11:20:27 AM PDT by fanfan
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To: fanfan
We have had a partial lifting of the publication ban about Liberal corruption.

The s**t is going to hit the fan up here now!

2 posted on 04/07/2005 11:22:46 AM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: fanfan; PilloryHillary; Baynative; bert; Southack

"The former head of a Quebec advertising company has told the Gomery inquiry that he was repeatedly asked to give cash donations to the Liberal party and put election workers on his payroll in exchange for federal sponsorship contracts...."


Self-ping for reference, & FYI.


3 posted on 04/07/2005 11:24:08 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: Matt_Toronto

Ping!


4 posted on 04/07/2005 11:28:29 AM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: fanfan

Go get 'em. Pound home the fact this is public money from the taxes exacted from the commoners....


5 posted on 04/07/2005 11:38:32 AM PDT by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: eureka!
Thanks, we will.

Stephen Harper will not force an election until he's sure that all Canadians know the extent of the Liberals corruption.

6 posted on 04/07/2005 11:55:19 AM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: JudyinCanada

Ping!


7 posted on 04/07/2005 11:56:04 AM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=-; Pippin; NorthOf45; Arpege92; free_life; youngtory; Ashamed Canadian; ...

PING!


8 posted on 04/07/2005 12:13:37 PM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: Temple Owl

ping


9 posted on 04/07/2005 1:01:50 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: fanfan
"Stephen Harper will not force an election until he's sure that all Canadians know the extent of the Liberals corruption."

Kewl. That may take some time though as more seems to be coming out daily. ;^)

10 posted on 04/07/2005 1:18:49 PM PDT by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: eureka!
Yes, but the media is looking for blood now.....ie:If it bleeds, it leads, so it should only be a couple of months.

We should be in government by the fall at the latest. Who Hoo!

11 posted on 04/07/2005 1:34:12 PM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: fanfan; All

FYI, I just added the keyword "adscam" which, when clicked, will access our entire database of articles. Our Canadian sister site, Free Dominion, has been covering this, as have many blogs. Hang on, folks- it's going to get "interesting..."


12 posted on 04/07/2005 1:34:40 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe

Thanks Backhoe.


13 posted on 04/07/2005 1:37:09 PM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: fanfan
You betcha!

Let me do a quick, by no means complete, cull of some of the links I have related to this potentially lethal corruption:

 PQ got kickbacks, too (AdScam bombshell in Canada) -- Here is the best link I've found to get up to speed on the scandal: http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/006611.php
 Canada's Scandal: The Government vs. The Blogosphere
 Winds of Change has a great post on the scandal. Be sure to read it. Don't forget Small Dead Animals, which has a lot of background on Adscam. 
 

14 posted on 04/07/2005 2:24:46 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe

FYI, I just added the keyword "adscam" which, when clicked, will access our entire database of articles. Our Canadian sister site, Free Dominion, has been covering this, as have many blogs. Hang on, folks- it's going to get "interesting..."


EAGER TO LEARN MORE--THANKS!


15 posted on 04/07/2005 3:29:32 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: Blurblogger

There are related articles & commentary at out Canadian sister site:

http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB/recent.php

Scroll down to see them, they are scattered among the recent topics.


16 posted on 04/07/2005 4:15:52 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: fanfan

Hi fanfan!

Thanks for the ping.

I still hold any optimism in check.

Deceit and scandal are par for the course with this crooked bunch of scoundrels.

This will shock nobody. They will continue to vote liberal up here. But we're still on with the bet, and I sincerely hope I lose!


17 posted on 04/07/2005 6:19:21 PM PDT by JudyinCanada (I can't wait, the dream is coming true and I will stand in front of the box to put my heart into it.)
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To: backhoe

Thanks for the link!
Below is a link you may find handy:

FR March For Justice II Grassroots Activism Toolkit
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1374533/posts


18 posted on 04/07/2005 6:55:16 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: fanfan

I'd be shocked....the electorate is as dumb as ever. The fact that they put Martin in after he total embarassed himself in the debates is proof!


19 posted on 04/08/2005 5:29:30 PM PDT by CanadianBloodAmericanHeart
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To: JudyinCanada
But we're still on with the bet, and I sincerely hope I lose!

You'll lose. ;-)

20 posted on 04/08/2005 5:46:28 PM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: CanadianBloodAmericanHeart
I'd be shocked....the electorate is as dumb as ever. The fact that they put Martin in after he total embarassed himself in the debates is proof!

IMO, if people don't understand the extent of the corruption, it's up to us to educate them. :-)

The numbers being thrown about by the MSM include $2-3 Million.

What about $1-2 Billion 'To Register Guns?
$1 Billion ,(or so) unaccounted for in the HRDC scandal a few years back.(Human Resources and Development Canada)

This corruption is systematic in the Lieberal party.

21 posted on 04/08/2005 6:01:13 PM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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