Skip to comments.Canada: Blogger busts Adscam ban, officials thinking of charging Canadian blogger.
Posted on 04/04/2005 1:07:58 AM PDT by Pikamax
Blogger busts Adscam ban
Ad exec's explosive testimony posted on American website By STEPHANIE RUBEC, Parliamentary Bureau
AN AMERICAN website has breached the publication ban protecting the explosive and damning testimony of a Montreal ad exec at the Adscam inquiry. The U.S. blogger raised the ire of the Gomery commission this weekend by publishing extracts from testimony given in secret by Jean Brault on Thursday.
The American blog, being promoted by an all-news Canadian website, boasts that "Canada's Corruption Scandal Breaks Wide Open" and promises more to come. The owner of the Canadian website refused to comment yesterday.
Adscam inquiry spokesman Francois Perreault expressed shock at the publication ban breach, and said commission co-counsel Bernard Roy and Justice John Gomery will decide today whether to charge the Canadian website owner with contempt of court.
"We never thought someone would violate the publication ban," Perreault said yesterday. "Maybe we were more confident than we should have been."
Gomery slapped a ban on Brault's testimony last week to ensure the Montreal ad exec would be able to find an unbiased jury for his fraud trial, which is set for next month.
Gomery also ordered a publication ban on the upcoming testimony of former sponsorship head Chuck Guite and former ad exec Paul Coffin.
But reporters and cameras have been allowed inside the hearing room as long as they don't publish Brault's testimony until the ban is lifted.
And members of the public have swarmed to the inquiry since Gomery cut off the live transmission, filling a special auditorium.
Rumours have swirled all weekend about a possible breach of the ban by American newspapers, Internet sites and television stations that are outside Gomery's reach.
Perreault warned that even if Brault's testimony has been outed by a U.S. website, it doesn't mean it is now public information in Canada.
"Anyone who takes that information and diffuses it is liable to be charged with contempt of court," Perreault said. "Anybody who reproduces it is at risk."
Sun Media lawyer Alan Shanoff said publishing the name of the blog, the Canadian news site or providing the Internet address could lead to a contempt charge.
Shanoff said American news organizations began breaching Canadian publication bans in earnest with Karla Homolka's murder trial.
'HARD TO POLICE'
"It became very clear from that case that publication bans are very hard to police," Shanoff said.
Shanoff said the Adscam breach would become more significant if Montrealers flock to the blogger's site to read Brault's testimony.
"The information, I gather, is very, very damaging and very prejudicial," he said. "If it's accessed by large numbers of people in Montreal where the trial will take place, it could have a prejudicial effect."
Brault is expected to wrap up his testimony tomorrow, when Gomery will hear arguments from lawyers as to whether he should lift the ban.
Brault's lawyer has asked a Montreal judge to delay the criminal trial until September. That decision is expected on Wednesday.
If the judge agrees, that might allay Gomery's concerns that Brault's Adscam testimony could negatively affect his fraud trial.
What's wrong with Canada?
No Free Speech in Canada! Dictatorship! US should put Canada on the list for countries violating human rights and free speech.
One more for the blogosphere
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
This is what the Communists often do, hide the unwanted information from the public. Canadian Liberals = Communists!
For those who don't know, the American blog which busted the Canadian wankers is:
Just keep scrolling for multiple entries.
Actually, here's the post which reveals the testimony, the reporting of which is a crime in Canada:
According to 'authorities' linking to the post is a crime in Canada.
Thanks for the links!
On Thursday, Jean Brault began his testimony, subject to the publication ban, and revealed a massive pattern of corruption going to the highest levels of the Liberal party and government. Brault testified to hundreds of thousands of dollars of bogus transactions designed to benefit the Liberal Party of Canada over a period from 1994 to 2002.
Most of the illegal campaign contributions involved Brault either hiring employees -- who were in fact working full time on Liberal Party activities -- or paying invoices for Liberal Party campaign expenses (which were never declared as such) or making untraceable cash donations to Liberal officials. In exchange for helping the federal Liberals in Quebec, Brault received millions of dollars in federal advertising contracts.
Brault said he met with Jean Carle, a key aide to then Prime Minister Jean Chretien to propose a more direct way of ensuring that Groupaction got a large share of federal advertising dollars in Quebec. Carle referred Brault to federal bureaucrat Charles (Chuck) Guité and told him that there was room for everybody.
Guité later put together the sponsorship program, in which five Liberal connected firms -- including Groupaction -- were guaranteed a monopoly on government sponsorship advertising (e.g. federal advertising at sporting or cultural events) and related work. The sponsorship program eventually became a huge slush fund into which over $250 million was poured, over $100 million of which was paid in fees and commissions to these five advertising firms, with little or any evidence of work done or value for money.
In exchange for these large contracts for little or no work, Brault kicked back generously to the Liberal Party, putting Liberal organizers on his payroll while they continued to perform party work (including, at one point, Prime Minister Jean Chrétiens brother, Gaby Chrétien), paying invoices to other companies for work actually done for the Liberal Party, and giving large donations -- in cash -- to the Liberal Party through Renaud or Liberal Party organizer (and close associate of Public Works Minister Alfonso Gagliano) Joe Morselli.
Towards the later part of the sponsorship program, the friends and associates of Public Works Minister and former ambassador to Denmark Alfonso Gagliano, some of whom have been linked to organized crime, played a larger role in the schemes.
At one point, Gagliano associate Tony Mignacca told Brault that if he didnt rehire Renaud (who had left Groupaction to start a new company), he would lose his newly acquired contract with Via Rail -- Canadas state-run passenger rail service. Brault broke down in tears after he recounted this testimony. At a meeting in 2001 with Joe Morselli, Brault said that he arranged to have the meeting in an overheated room in a restaurant -- so that Brault could ask Morselli to take off his coat and ensure that he wasnt carrying a body pack.
This is just the beginning of Brault's testimony.
The real art here is how to get this information to the average Canadian. What percentage of the Canadian population has heard about the testimony and knows where to access it, I wonder.
What should this scandal be called? GomeryGate?
The bad part about this is that the focus of the story has become the breaking of the ban rather than the facts of the testimony.
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