Reports that a $300,000 payment made by Karlheinz Schreiber to former prime minister Brian Mulroney came from a Swiss bank account connected to the Airbus affair raised internal questions among federal Conservatives yesterday, with at least one MP saying the matter should be looked into.
The news adds to some of the tension being felt by former Reform Party members who are concerned about the influence of friends and former colleagues of Mr. Mulroney as the new Conservative government of Stephen Harper takes office.
"The allegations have got the media upset and they're in the public domain, they obviously should be investigated," MP Garth Turner told the CBC. Mr. Turner was also a member of Parliament under the Mulroney administration.
Mr. Turner was referring to reports that bank documents obtained by the CBC show that a $300,000 payment made to Mr. Mulroney by Mr. Schreiber, a German-Canadian businessman, came from accounts that received millions in commissions from firms such as Airbus Industrie. Airbus received $1.8-billion for the sale of airplanes to Air Canada in the early 1980s.
Shooting at his own party is getting to be a regular habit with Turner, and the government's not even a week old.
Whatever may come of these latest Airbus allegations--probably as much as came of the first lot of them--you can be sure that the honourable member for Halton will be there to bitch about his own government not doing enough about them and carrying Mulroney's water.
At least Harper knows who his loosest cannon is early enough to spike him.
Source: Globe and Mail