Wouldn't we all like to have close personal friends like Jacques Corriveau (close personal friend to Jean Chretien), with a wad of cash in hand whenever we need to throw a last-minute trade show or party! I can't even get my pals to cough up for beer money.
As reported by CBC:
Jacques Corriveau, a personal friend and key organizer for former prime minister Jean Chrétien, came to the rescue of a Montreal businessman in early 1997 by providing $450,000 for an outdoors event show, the federal sponsorship inquiry heard Tuesday.
Luc Lemay, who owned Polygone and Expour, two companies that later received millions of dollars in sponsorship funds, says he received the mysterious unsolicited payment from Corriveau.
Lemay's companies won more than $36 million in sponsorship funds. The inquiry estimates that Corriveau's share in fees was over $6 million.