Friday, November 30, 2007

The queer intersection of Mulroney's Directorships with major policies of the Harper government

What are the odds on this? Brian Mulroney sits on the board of directors of the following 5 corporations. Stephen Harper's policies are designed to benefit these same corporations, many at the expense of Canadians.

Let's take a closer look at Brian Mulroney’s main Directorships and see how they tie-in with the Harper government’s policies:

1) Archer Daniels Midland Company and the Canada Wheat Board

One of the world’s largest processors of agricultural products, ADM purchases soybeans, wheat and cocoa to convert to ethanol and biodiesel, soymeal and oil, corn sweeteners, flour, cocoa and chocolate, as well as a wide portfolio of other value-added food ingredients, animal nutrition and industrial products.

ADM has a history of price fixing and was levied with one of the largest fines in the industry of $100 million.

Stephen Harper has been trying to eliminate the Canada Wheat Board with various underhanded tricks and schemes, despite the protests of farmers. The Canada Wheat Board is an international success story -- for Canadian farmers.

Destroying it would be of great benefit to ADM, as it would weaken the collective bargaining power of Canadian farmers, (the main purpose of the Wheat Board) and create a fractured market of wheat and barley sellers, which will only benefit major buyers like ADM. See: Harper comes out swinging at Wheat Board

2) Barrick Gold Corporation

Stephen Harper's jaunt to Tanzania this month was supposed to be a feel-good news item about Canadian aid to one of the poorest nations on earth, but the real agenda, that of Barrick Gold, dominated: “Yet it was a 45-minute meeting with officials from a dozen Canadian investors, led by mining giant Barrick Gold Corp., that dominated Mr. Harper's news conference with President Jakaya Kikwete. Barrick has been accused of irresponsile mining practices in the country, and failure to pay adequate royalties. See Controversy over mining overshadows health initiative

3) The Blackstone Group L.P.

As one of the world's largest private equity players, the Blackstone Group will reap massive benefits from Stephen Harper’s elimination of the 15% withholding tax on interest paid by private equity firms on leveraged buyout debt.

Plus, his punitive tax and growth restrictions on income trusts in the hands of Canadian Investors but NOT in the hands foreign private equity like Blackstone has resulted in the perfect situation for them to pick off these sitting ducks. To date there has been $65 billion worth of takleover activity caused by this policy -- over half of it by private equity via leveraged buyout loans.

4) Quebecor Inc

The second largest printing company in the world has been moving into communications, including Sun Media, cable and internet, and telecommunications.

A federal agency plans to review lobbying by Brian Mulroney on behalf of Quebecor Inc that could benefit from Harper's decision to open up the wireless industry to more competition according to CBC News and this report from the Globe and Mail.

5) Council on Foreign Relations

David Rockefeller’s CFR is the main proponent of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, whose main goal is to bring about the North American Union under the self described process of “evolution by stealth”. This is Stephen Harper’s overall plan for Canada. He has gone to great lengths to hide these activities from Parliament and from Canadians as he knows full well that this abrogation of our sovereignty will never be supported by the people of this country.

Harper has been tasked with securing Canada's energy resources (oil, gas, wheat, water, electricity) for the US and what better guide than Mr Mulroney, who knows all about selling out Canada's interests.

The following are Brian Mulroney’s Directorships as per Ogilvy Renault

Barrick Gold Corporation
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
The Blackstone Group L.P.
Independent News and Media PLC
Quebecor Inc.
He is also a member of the International Advisory Councils of the China International Trust and Investment Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Lion Capital LLP.
Mr. Mulroney is also a director of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, the International Advisory Council of HEC Montréal, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the Council on Foreign Relations.


Anonymous said...



Hey boys and girls! If you really want to get into the “Mulroney Airbus Settlement” inquiry, check out Kaplan’s “A Secret Trial” — especially chapter 8, Brian and Me.

Kaplan says “Schreiber made two offers to tell the [RCMP] what he knew in return for favorable treatment. It was not exactly clear what Schreiber would have to say—it was “bigger than Watergate,” he confided to me—but the quid for the quo was obviously turning down the German government’s extradition request. The Mounties were not interested. Undoubtedly, Schreiber has more “get out of jail free” cards than any Monopoly game. If and when he is ordered extradited, and if all appeals have expired, he will likely produce one. It should be interesting to find out then what, if anything, he has to say” (page 129).

In the news tonight:

Warren Kinsella: Bye bye, Brian?

Posted: November 30, 2007, 9:21 AM by WKinsella

Of all that happened in the Mulroney-Schreiber scandal yesterday on Parliament Hill, yesterday, this was the most significant. To me, it was riveting:

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert: “Mr. Schreiber, I have a couple of simple questions I’d like to ask you. They only require a yes’ or ‘no’ answer. They’re not complicated and I hope you’ll be willing to provide me with the answers.

“Have you ever spoken directly with, or met, Prime Minister Stephen Harper?”

Karlheinz Schreiber: “No.”

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert: “Has a lawyer, while acting on your behalf, ever met with or spoken with Prime Minister Harper?”

Karlheinz Schreiber: “No.”

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert: “Have you, or a lawyer acting on your behalf, ever met with or spoken with a member of the staff of Prime Minister Harper’s office?”

Karlheinz Schreiber: “Not to my knowledge.”

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert: “Mr. Schreiber, have you ever held a membership or donated funds to the Conservative Party of Canada since its creation in 2003?”

Karlheinz Schreiber: “No.”

What does it mean? Well, among other things, it means that the very impressive young Mr. Hiebert was reading questions that had been prepared for him by PMO. And it means that the Harper government has now officially ended its relationship with Brian Mulroney. It means that this affair is far, far worse than we all know, and that the Harper Tories are not prepared to go down with Mr. Mulroney.

Stephen Harper has cut loose Brian Mulroney. He’s on his own, now.


By Scraba on 11.30.07 11:54 pm

Robert Gibbs said...

One has to laugh or contain his/her extreme indignation every time we hear Harper or his corrupt cronies unabashedly claim that their Conservative government is "clean".

What a fascist farce!