Friday, February 29, 2008

Harper Audio Tape - Harper Conservative's $1 Million Bribe Attempt For Cadman's Vote?

Listen carefully HERE to P.M. Harper's recorded voice interview (you need realplayer - duration 2:31 minutes) with the Cadman book writer, "Like a Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story" by Surrey journalist Tom Zytaruk. Smells real bad to this Editor especially when Harper knew and admits about a financial offer! . Chuck Cadman's wife and daughter now both confirm that they both were told about the so-called $1 million bribe attempt for his vote to bring down the previous Paul Martin Liberal government. An ethics inquiry and police investigation are absolutely called for. So much for the holier than thou Conservative party of Canada. The gods are smiling on St├ęphane Dion!

Below is the written transcript of the portion of author Tom Zytaruk's tape of a 2005 interview with Stephen Harper, then leader of the Opposition, for his biography of the late Chuck Cadman:

Zytaruk: "I mean, there was an insurance policy for a million dollars. Do you know anything about that?"

Harper: "I don't know the details. I know that there were discussions, uh, this is not for publication?"

Zytaruk: "This (inaudible) for the book. Not for the newspaper. This is for the book."

Harper: "Um, I don't know the details. I can tell you that I had told um, the individuals, I mean, they wanted to do it. But I told them they were wasting their time. I said Chuck had made up his mind, he was going to vote with the Liberals and I knew why and I respected the decision. But they were just, they were convinced there was, there were financial issues. And er, There may or may not have been, but I said er, that's not, you know, I mean, I, that's not going to change."

Zytaruk: "You said (inaudible) beforehand and stuff? It wasn't even a party guy, or maybe some friends, if it was people actually in the party?"

Harper: "No, no, they were legitimately representing the party. And eh, I said don't press him. I mean, you have this theory that it's, you know, financial insecurity and, hm, uh and uh, you know, just, you know, if.. if that's what you're saying, make that case but don't press it. And I don't think, er, er, my view was, my view had been for two or three weeks preceding it, was that Chuck was not going to force an election. I just, we had all kinds of our guys were calling him, and trying to persuade him, but I just had concluded that's where he stood and respected that."

Zytaruk: "Thank you for that. And when (inaudible)."

Harper: "But the, uh.., the offer to Chuck was that it was only to replace uh, financial considerations he might lose due to an election."

Zytaruk: "Oh, OK."

Harper: "OK? That's my understanding of what they were talking about."

Zytaruk: "But, the thing is, though, you made it clear you weren't big on the idea in the first place?"

Harper: "Well, I just thought Chuck had made up his mind, in my own view ..."

Zytaruk: "Oh, okay. So, it's not like, he's like, (inaudible)."

Harper: "I talked to Chuck myself. I talked to (inaudible). You know, I talked to him, oh, two or three weeks before that, and then several weeks before that. I mean, you know, I kind of had a sense of where he was going."

Zytaruk: "Well, thank you very much."
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