Sunday, March 02, 2008

Harper's ordering of Cadman bribery is a criminal offence

Doesn't Harper know that ordering the bribing of an MP is a criminal offence?

Just read the Criminal Code of Canada, section 119:

Corruption and Disobedience

Bribery of judicial officers, etc.

119. (1) Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years who

(a) being the holder of a judicial office, or being a member of Parliament or of the legislature of a province, directly or indirectly, corruptly accepts, obtains, agrees to accept or attempts to obtain, for themselves or another person, any money, valuable consideration, office, place or employment in respect of anything done or omitted or to be done or omitted by them in their official capacity, or

(b) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives or offers to a person mentioned in paragraph (a), or to anyone for the benefit of that person, any money, valuable consideration, office, place or employment in respect of anything done or omitted or to be done or omitted by that person in their official capacity.
Yes, you read that right, directly or indirectly. And although Stephen Harper did not bribe Chuck directly (which explains Chuck's denial that money was offered when conversing with Harper directly), he surely ordered two of his party members, Conservatives Tom Flanagan (close confidant of Stephen Harper) and Doug Finley (Director of Political Operations, Conservative Party of Canada), to do so.

The evidence can be found in the Zytaruk recording (mp3).

When the author asked Harper if "there was an insurance policy for a million dollars", Harper explained his own involvement with Chuck Cadman as follows:
Um, I don't know the details [...] but [several individuals legitimately representing the Conservative Party] were [...] convinced there [were] financial issues. [...]

I mean, you have this theory that it's, you know, financial insecurity and [...] if that's what you're saying, make that case but don't press it. [...]

But the, uh, the offer [of an insurance policy in return for Chuck's vote] was only to replace financial considerations he might lose due to an election."
"Make that case but don't press it", doesn't that sound like an order coming from the top? And that's an order for bribery.

- Criminal Code of Canada
- Buckdog: Transcript Of Harper Interview With Author Zytaruk Shows Contradictions With Tories Current Claims
- Wikipedia: Chuck Cadman
- Wikipedia: Tom Flanagan
- Audio: Zytaruk recording
- The Turner Report: "Shame"


leftdog said...

Excellent research - great post!

Erik said...

Thanks Buckdog. Any idea where this scandal will lead to?

leftdog said...

At first, I thought that the mainstream media would try and bury it. The daily paper where I live (Regina Leader-Post) buried the story for the first 3 days in the back pages of the paper. Public attention has moved it up to the front of the paper now.

I think this affair could now start to hurt Harper politically. The fact that many conservatives (and their supporters) are now attacking Cadman shows how low they will go to try and save their sorry Tory asses!

Erik said...

Well, it's good to see they ARE picking it up; especially the tape could be the necessary evidence that Harper approved of (if not ordered) the bribe.

Harper too knows that this Cadman scandal has the potential to put him down, politically speaking. He's now starting to sue Stephane Dion and other Liberals!

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