Friday, May 13, 2005

 

Will The Real Godfather Please Stand Up

I find it quite plausible that Paul Martin didn't really know what was going on behind the scenes of the sponsorship program. There was no love lost between him and Chretien so it's entirely possible that Martin really was kept in the dark. It's important to remember that Martin is not a pur laine Qu├ębecois - he's an 'anglophone' from Ontario and when he speaks French, it's painfully obvious. So it's a virtual certainty that he really was considered an outsider by everyone involved in Adscam. Certainly, he must have suspected something was going on but he wanted to be Prime Minister so badly that he avoided getting involved in something that was a pet project of the Quebecers in the Liberal Party and something that obviously had unsavory characters associated with it. And now that the genie is out of the bottle, he can't exactly stand up and admit that he was blind to what has become the biggest scandal of Canadian political history.
On the other hand, I don't believe for a second that Chretien didn't know exactly what was going on - for that reason, he probably made sure to stay "out of the kitchen" as Beryl W. would say to ensure that he 'knew' nothing. I can see Martin being the 'innocent' bystander who walks down an alley, sees a body sprawled on the pavement and picks up the gun just as the cops show up. He's not smart enough or tough enough dream this stuff up, but he's dumb enough to be left standing when the music stops.
I think he's been set up by the Liberal powers-that-be since day one.
I suspect that Martin was not the preferred choice of the powers-that-be in the Liberal Party to succeed Chretien, but for some reason they were unable or unwilling to manipulate the process to prevent Martin from becoming party leader (perhaps a power struggle?); we can only speculate as to the reason.
In any event, if he either a) can't avoid an election altogether by proroguing parliament or b) doesn't get a majority government (which I doubt) in the next election, then he's toast. In that case his successor will be the key person to watch. The question at this juncture is whether or not there is a power struggle going on behind the scenes. Is Paul Desmarais still the real power broker of the Liberal Party? If not, then who is? There are billions of dollars in business opportunities and personal wealth - not to mention huge opportunities for money-laundering at stake here, and organized crime takes many forms. Why settle for Columbia or Eastern Europe when you can do it right next door to the US. Libranos is possibly much closer to the truth than anyone suspects.

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