New name suggestion for the Liberal Party of Canada (because they’ll need one now that they’re finished): Thugs Without Ethics or Remorse Party (of Canada/du Canada). Vote TWERP.
Top federal Liberal officials forced an ad executive to secretly divert more than $1 million to the party’s Quebec wing in exchange for sponsorship contracts, the executive told the Gomery inquiry in politically explosive testimony that had been kept under wraps by a publication ban that was finally lifted Thursday.
The allegations of a longstanding corruption could give the opposition ammunition to move to bring down the government.
Advertising executive Jean Brault’s testimony alleges some top Liberal party executives conspired to inflate sponsorship contracts and skim money off the top to be sent covertly to the Liberal party’s Quebec wing.
Brault’s Groupaction firm also defrayed party staffing costs through Liberal employees who were planted in his firm at the urging of party brass.
The scheme went on for nine years and involved at least $1.1 million involving top officials in the office of former public works minister Alfonso Gagliano.
If true, the scam would be unprecedented in modern federal politics because tax dollars were funnelled from public coffers to the Liberal party while middlemen took huge commissions for little or no work.
Brault’s six days of devastating testimony were rife with accusations of hushed-up payments to the Liberals in Italian restaurants, money being given to a brother of ex-prime minister Jean Chretien, and reluctant contributions strong-armed out of intimidated employees.
The startling revelations had official Ottawa on a knife’s edge.