Some things worth noting:
(1) The announcement comes while the House of Commons is on a break, after a six-week stretch. How about that?
(2) The ad people seem to be prosecuted with some vigour. Chuck Guite seems to have taken the bullet fo the Liberal team, while the political operatives are barely touched.
(3) No one's ever done a thorough investigation to see if this kind of kickback scheme existed in other parts of the country, and/or was/is the norm in the government ad trade.
Former ad man charged with fraud over sponsorship scandal
Monday, April 2, 2007
12:25 PM ET
An arrest warrant has been issued for former advertising executive Jean Lafleur, one of the key figures in the federal sponsorship scandal, who is facing fraud charges in relation to the program.
Quebec provincial police issued an arrest warrant Friday for Jean Lafleur, a former advertising executive accused of fraud in the sponsorship scandal, who is believed out of the country.
A warrant for his arrest was filed in Montreal Friday by Quebec provincial police. He is believed to be out of the country.
News of the charges comes as former advertising executive Jacques Paradis, accused of fraud in connection with the federal sponsorship scandal, goes on trial in a Montreal courtroom.
The sponsorship scandal — in which ad executives admitted paying millions of dollars in kickbacks to the Liberals' Quebec wing in return for lucrative federal sponsorship contracts — devastated the Liberal party in Quebec and ultimately helped drive the Liberals out of power in the 2006 federal election.
A number of people involved in the sponsorship program have been found guilty and sentenced to jail for their role in the scandal.