Thursday, November 22, 2007

Schreiber Appeals to SCC; Will Testify Tuesday at Commons Ethics Committee Hearing

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.

Nonetheless, Brian Mulroney's former chief speechwriter tells Stephen Harper to Throw Him Out now:

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

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