The Toronto Star has the latest from Canada's former Prime Minister:
OTTAWA – Brian Mulroney wants the federal government to call a full-fledged public inquiry into his dealings with businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.
"I have come to the conclusion that in order to finally put this matter to rest and expose all the facts and the role played by all the people involved, from public servants to elected officials, from lobbyists to police authorities, as well as journalists, the only solution is for the government to launch a full-fledged public commission of inquiry."
I have a different suggestion. The taxpayers should not be called upon to spend another, single dime on Mr. Mulroney's sordid business "partnerships" and his endless quest for redemption.
That is, of course, unless authorities deem it appropriate to refer any remaining issues to the Courts, criminal or civil, for intervention. If any further fact-finding or action is deemed necessary, Ontario's Courts are clearly the sole, appropriate forum for this to occur.
Further, might I suggest that if Mr. Mulroney feels he has been defamed or otherwise wronged by the media, police, lobbyists or others, he'd be well advised to commence civil actions immediately, at his own expense.
UPDATE - November 13, 2007 -
CBC reports that Prime Minister Harper will initiate a formal public inquiry into the Mulroney affair, and that the RCMP has re-opened its Mulroney investigation based on Schreiber's new allegations.
On a related note, Peterborough Politics comments on another Star report:
But the story might have changed a bit tonight thanks to the late-breaking news from the Toronto Star that the Privy Councils Office is standing by Stephen Harper's story that he never received the letter in question from Karlheinz Schreiber. Ouch, not the best news for the Liberals, and seeing as how this story is coming from the Toronto Star, which is known for not having a lot of love for this Conservative Government, I think that this news becomes that much harder to dismiss.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto