Karlheinz Schreiber has appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada from a November 15, 2007 Order of the Court of Appeals for Ontario that he be deported, thereby effectively buying himself time on Canadian soil.
Harper has a simple choice: either uphold the rule of law, or capitulate to a howling mob of opposition parties and the media, who will accuse him of hustling one of the principals in the Mulroney-Schreiber affair out of the country.
It's a significant leadership moment -- one that will be closely watched by the provinces and even by the leaders of the foreign governments with which Ottawa does business. It's a question of whether Harper can be rolled. It's also a question of who is running this country, Schreiber or Harper.
(Well his bio does say Mulroney's "former" chief speechwriter, but I, too, am having my doubts...)
In related news, a Parliamentary ethics committee has called on Mulroney and Schreiber to testify immediately at a probe into the allegations at the root of this scandal. According to the Globe and Mail:
The committee agreed to call Mr. Schreiber to testify next Tuesday because he faces extradition to Germany on Dec. 1 to face fraud and bribery charges. Mr. Mulroney will be asked to appear Dec. 4, 6 and 11.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto