Liberal v. Liberal
I personally think that Warren Kinsella says it best:
November 1, 2005 - I am watching CTV's coverage of the Gomery report on a WestJet plane heading to Winnipeg. It's as good a place to watch a circus as any, I suppose.
Some quick reactions:
Gomery utterly destroys his credibility - and exposes his flagrant bias - when he actually states that the evidence "exonerates" Paul Martin. Gomery and Martin certainly want Canadians to believe that, but they won't. The guy who wrote the "Cher Claude" letter about sponsorship dollars knew nothing? The guy who was forced to admit he wrote the cheques? The guy who attended Quebec caucus and Quebec minister meetings, where sponsorship was regularly discussed, knew nothing? Bullshit. It's a bald-faced lie, and Canadians know it.
Try as he might, Gomery's $80 million inquisition could not find any evidence, whatsoever, of Jean Chrétien and Jean Pelletier having any personal involvement or culpability in wrongdoing. That's what he and the Martinites wanted most of all, so great is their well-documented hatred for Jean Chrétien. But they didn't get it.
Gomery disregarded evidence. He quoted evidence wrongly. He spun evidence, he even seemed to make evidence up. His objective - as Ipsos public opinion polls bear out - was to smear a man he had called "small town cheap" and assorted other insults. Canadians know that, too. That's why Canadians loved Chrétien's golf ball jest - because they loved seeing the Shawinigan streetfighter make short work of the imperious, loose-lipped Westmount judge.
Chrétien called in the AG. Chrétien called in the Mounties. Chrétien was the guy who moved on this mess first, not Paul Martin. That's the facts.
In his self-aggrandizing press statement, done shortly after the report was tabled in the House of Commons, Gomery slipped - and, in so doing, revealed a truth. He insisted, defensively, that he was "the sole author." Why would he do that? Judges always author their own decisions, don't they? Yes, mainly. But in this case, those of us who closely followed this circus saw who John Gomery chose to surround himself with, and rely upon, time and time again: Brian Mulroney's best friend. Brian Mulroney's law firm. Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff (two of them, in fact). A goodly portion of Brian Mulroney's cabinet. Brian Mulroney's cronies. Gomery may be "the sole author" - but he was aided and abetted, throughout, by Brian Mulroney's team. And the team was paid for by Gomery and Mulroney's Westmount neighbour: Paul Martin.