This Chuck Cadman Bribe Affair is becoming rather telling. I mean that here you have his Daughter confirming what her Mother said, about the ‘alleged‘ bribe by the Conservative Party to her husband, and you even have Stephen Harper admitting that financial incentives were offered. Of course, he also asks if it is off the record, THEN back peddles to make it sound less like a bribe.
“The insurance policy for a million dollars, do you know anything about that?” Zytaruk asks.
“I don’t know the details. I know that there were discussions,” Harper replies on the tape. “This is not for publication?” (source – CBC)
Okay, so Stephen Harper has denied any such offer was made, yet in an audio tape of his interview, he claims he knows there was a ‘discussion‘ but not the details. Let me see, does it matter if the details were for a million, half a million or even a dollar? The truth is, if you offer someone A SUM OF MONEY, in return FOR A VOTE, isn’t that called OFFERING A BRIBE?
And this is the man who promises us ACCOUNTABILITY? Who campaigned for AN END TO THE CORRUPTION OF THE? Which Member of Parliament did they try to bribe?
I am sorry, but this just is wrong. To make any type of offer, of renumeration or repayment of lost income due to a switch in Parties, smacks of BRIBERY. Spin it anyway you want, but you can’t spin the truth out of this. In his own words, Stephen Harper KNEW AN OFFER WAS MADE.
And this is VERY DIFFERENT from the Sponsorship Scandal. To begin with, that wasn’t about BRINGING DOWN A DULY ELECTED GOVERNMENT. If anything is was a misplaced effort to keep a nation together, done stupidly, and wrong. It was about paying off supporters, NOT BRIBING A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
What is worse, is it makes one wonder, JUST WHAT DID HARPER PROMISES EMERSON FOR HIS SWITCH TO THE CONSERVATIVES IN JAN 2006? Was it JUST A CABINET POST?
Let’s see, we have AIRBUS and Brian Mulroney, we have Mulroney lobbying for a Telecom Giant, and we have Stephen Harper defending him. Now we have both Dona Cadman and her Daughter confirming that Stephen Harper & His Party tried to bribe Chuck Cadman, and in both cases, Stephen Harper has defended his party, taunting and threatening the Opposition for even daring to discuss it. I mean, remember how he taunted the about Mulroney, and then Mulroney ADMITS TO TAKING THE MONEY?
What angers me the most, is that to offer a dying man a way to look after his family, after his death, is the cruelest possible bribe to offer. If he takes it, he dies feeling guilty, if he doesn’t take it, he feels remorse for not looking after his family. This is the Ethical Dilemma that Stephen Harper & His Party put before Chuck Cadman.
Why do I believe it is true? Because Stephen Harper admits to knowing of the insurance offer, based on the audio tape of his interview for the book.