Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Peter MacKay, LLPOF

Minister Peter MacKay stood up in the House of Commons yesterday and stated, " I was all but 21 or 22 years old when I took that job in Germany." Then, in a Clintonesque move, declared "I had never met that man in person" (referring to Karlheinz Schreiber).

Above is a picture of Karlheinz with Petey's dad and Brian Mulroney. So how did Petey get that job in Germany?

UPDATE: Peter MacKay, in fact, says he was all but 26 or 27. The actual hansard notes are contained in the comment section below.


Dirk Gibson said...

How did he get that job. Well since his father was good friends with Mr. Schreiber I would think he pulled some strings and got his son a job. At that age, my father got me two different jobs at Imperial Oil because he knew some big names there and pulled some strings. How many jobs did your dad get you?

James Curran said...

Well aren't you special. Imperial Oil? MUST be a Conservative.

As for my dad getting me a job? My parents divorced when I was in grade four. Lived with my mom. My dad died when I was 26. I got my own jobs.

Built my own company. Have 20 employees.

Next question?

Bailey said...

Huh? If he was 21 or 22, wouldn't he still have been at Acadia studying? I thought he worked for Thyssen after he finished school around 1991, which would make him about 26.

James Curran said...

I stand corrected. Here's the actual exchange.

Hon. Sue Barnes (London West, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of National Defence continues to disguise his involvement in the Mulroney-Schreiber affair. He claims to have been leery of Mr. Schreiber and warned his father to stay away from him.

For the record, could the minister tell the House if he became leery before or after he was employed by Thyssen, the company Mr. Schreiber represented in Canada and which apparently funded the $300,000 cash payment to Mr. Mulroney?

Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, the opposition continues to engage in irrelevancies. The member has been quite clear that this has nothing to do with government business. He has never made any representations or had any representations made to him on this issue.

It is really time opposition members get off this kind of smear tactic and deal with the serious issues facing our country.

Hon. Sue Barnes (London West, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the member should speak for himself then. In his maiden speech in the House, the defence minister called the investigation a “witch hunt” against Brian Mulroney. For years he railed, insisting that Mr. Mulroney was an innocent man. In opposition the minister made at least 19 House interventions on the Mulroney-Schreiber affair, including mentions of Mr. Schreiber by name. He even demanded that the Liberals stop the RCMP investigation. Talk about improper.

With this devotion to Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Schreiber, did the minister recuse himself at any cabinet discussion of this matter? Will the minister stand and answer?

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, the member opposite would know that discussions that took place at cabinet had nothing to do with what she is somehow proposing here.

I will tell her this. I think I was the ripe old age of about 26 or 27 years old when I worked in Germany. I had not met this individual at the time. If the member opposite wants to continue to engage in fear and smear, she will have plenty of time to do that.