...and one very obvious conclusion.
The Gomery Commission is doing it's job and Justice John Gomery is distinguishing himself in Canadian legal and political history. It seems strange twist of fate that the one thing Prime Minister Paul Martin will be remembered for doing right is selecting Justice Gomery for the task of unraveling and exploring the Adscam Sponsorship Program Scandal.
There has been an obvious conclusion emerging since Auditor General Sheila Fraser first blew the lid off Adscam ...some in high office, holding positions of great public trust are as crooked as the local fence who trades in stolen goods and obscures his sources and methods ...and are as dishonest as the white collar thieves in Enron who orchestrated and manipulated facts and people to their own selfish benefit and profit.
Only Paul Martin knows the intimate reasons he chose John Gomery in particular ...in the meantime he claims to have known nothing at all about what was going on and his selection of Gomery would seem to support that claim since Gomery is so efficient in his pursuit of the truth. On the other hand, perhaps one of those 'intimate reasons' lays in the premise that Martin actually did not have a direct hand in the AdScam Sponsorship activities and therefore felt that a thorough inquiry would leave him unscathed since, by rules of evidence, he was not a party to the activities. But who was likely at the helm and who has been Paul Martin's chief nemesis all these long years? Jean Chretien of course. Would that speak to motivation to launch an inquiry and install a very capable man such as John Gomery? It would seem more than reasonable to postulate so!
However, before we light up a giant halo for Paul Martin, let's look at another reasonable conclusion. It's true that Martin was an outsider where Jean Chretien's circle of intimates and cohorts is and was concerned. Reasonably that alone would have excluded him from directly participating in the dark plans ...but it would not exclude him from knowing. No one can tell me that a Finance Minister would not be aware or alerted to what was afoot …especially when hundreds of millions of dollars are concerned!
Reasonably, also, Martin's political opportunism and the personal enmity toward Jean Chretien may well have kept his lips sealed in the hope that scandal revelations would have brought Chretien down …leaving the PM's office door open to Martin! Paul Martin should have been the first and loudest whistle-blower …not a passive observer waiting for his moment of opportunity! To say he knew nothing is one of two things: A lie, or a blatant admission of incredible incompetence, possibly because his attentions were more on seizing power than on the intricacies of the Finance portfolio!
Did you notice how Jean Chretien exited politics early, even though having clearly said he would not retire early? (Was that ducking when inside intelligence suggested the lid was about to come off AdScam?) Could the little scrapper from Shawinigan have been run out of office early? (When did Jean Chretien ever back down from a fight?) And isn’t it interesting how much effort Chretien (and Gagliano) have put into derailing the Gomery Commission? Clearly ‘facts’ are not a popular item …guilty people simply do no like the facts getting in the way of their claims of innocence!
No matter how you cut it, or however many tangents that may be fun to explore and gossip about, ONE FACT remains clear …the AdScam Sponsorship could never have happened without cooperation and influence at the highest levels. Period. As of yesterday’s news, we now have 350,000,000 reasons why the Liberal government should be brought down as soon as possible …regardless of how inconvenient it would be for so many to have to trudge off to vote when they’d rather not …too bad, national interest is more important and anyone who thinks rooting out that level of dishonesty and corruption are less than a national priority is a national fool.
Til Next Time!