The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

November 12, 2007 23:06 ET

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney Wants a Full Fledged Public Commission of Inquiry

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2007) - "Twelve years ago to the day I was trying to deal with very grave and damaging accusations against me contained in a letter sent to the Swiss authorities. These accusations were related to the sale in 1988 of Airbus planes to Air Canada, back then a Crown Corporation. After a tough and lengthy battle against these false and horrendously libelous accusations, the Government of the day had to admit that they had absolutely no evidence to support them and apologized to me and my family. In addition they had to reimburse me for all legal and other expenses.

Twelve years later, the same people at the CBC and in certain other media organizations, who were at the origin of the 1995 accusations, are still conducting their vendetta. Last Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided that he needed the counsel of an independent third party to advise him on the course of action to follow after new allegations were made in an affidavit filed by Karlheinz Schreiber from his prison cell where he is detained pending the execution of an extradition order confirmed twice by the Supreme Court of Canada. I will fully cooperate with the Special Advisor soon to be appointed by the Prime Minister but I have come to the conclusion that in order to finally put this matter to rest and expose all the facts and the roles played by all the people involved, from public servants to elected officials, from lobbyists to police authorities as well as journalists, the only solution is for the Government to launch a full fledged public Commission on Inquiry which would cover the period from 1988 to today. Only then will the whole truth be finally exposed and tarnished reputations restored.

I am willing to meet the Special Advisor that the Prime Minister will appoint to reiterate my conviction that this is the only way to prove to Canadians that I have done nothing wrong."

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