Cops 'n' politics
Another day, another RCMP foray into the political realm. What a week this has been.
Here's what's just moved on the Canadian Press wire:
MONTREAL — The RCMP has charged a former top Liberal organizer in Quebec with fraud in connection with the sponsorship scandal.
Benoit Corbeil, the former director of the federal Liberals’ Quebec wing, was arrested this morning and charged with influence peddling, fraud and conspiracy against the party and the federal government between 1997 and 2000.
Corbeil testified during the sponsorship inquiry that he distributed cash-stuffed envelopes to party volunteers in advance of the 2000 election.
Former ad man Jean Brault told the inquiry he worked with party officials, including Corbeil, to divert $1.1 million in cash to the party in exchange for sponsorship contracts.
Corbeil is to appear in court this afternoon.
There's lots of talk out there today about the timing of this announcement, coming so soon after the raid at Conservative headquarters. But maybe, given this coincidence, it was simply a two-for-one expedition at 130 Albert St., and while the cops were in the neighbourhood, they found some old sponsorship stuff too.