In answer to a question about a Liberal higher-up having confessed to taking illegal money and giving it to the Party, Scott Brison said that there are 'allegations against members of the Conservative Party and the Bloc' at Gomery, and in order to save everyone's reputations, the opposition should stop asking questions about Gomery in the House.
I happened to come across a news item that I clipped out of the National Post back on April, 11 2005:
The federal government has given $100 million in grants and interest-free loans over the past decade to Mont Tremblant, a Quebec resort owned by ski giant Intrawest Corporation, a major donor to the Liberal party. According to federal government documents, Mont Tremblant received more government money between 1993 and 2004 than any ski operation in Quebec. The money went into the construction of roads, water and sewer systems, recreational and convention centres that were part of Intrawest's massive hotel and residential development at Mont Tremblant. The company also receive matching funds from Quebec. Over the same decade the federal government was pouring millions into Mont Tremblant, Intrawest and related companies donated more than $100,000 to the Liberal party. The records show that Intrawest gave the Liberal party $1,000 in 1993 but the donations increased considerably after the party came into power. The donations shot up to $9,000 in 1995, averaged about $3,500 in the mid-1990s, and then jumped to $10,000 in 2003. Conversely, donations to the Conservative party shrank. The Intrawest group of companies gave the party $2,446 in 1993, the last year the federal Tories were in power, a few hundred dollars after that and $2,000 in 2000. (Mohammed Adam, CanWest News Service).
I decided to check out who they donated to in last year's campaign. They donated only $1,000 -- to the Conservatives.
All the donations to the Liberals must have been in brown paper bags.
Last week from Gomery, was the news that some ad agencies accused of illegitimate donations to the Liberals, also donated to the Bloc. The gist of the reports was that this made the Bloc dirty too.
It would seem the Liberals are making sure their pals distribute the largesse so the other parties can be implicated if necessary.
This whole thing has gotten out of hand. If Martin had any shred of decency, he would resign, even if he was not complicit in this mess.