"I had nothing to do with the CanWest problems, as you know. The acquisition from us was not financed properly." -Conrad Black, e-mail from his U.S. prison, where he is serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for fraud, to Bloomberg News after CanWest Global Communications Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection, no longer able to finance its $4-billion debt load. Nine years ago, CanWest paid $3.2 billion to acquire Black's chain of big-city Canadian newspapers.
"Anyone who buys anything from Conrad Black will be sucking gas." -merchant prince Galen Weston, at a 1980s food industry seminar, on his decision to go ahead anyway and buy a bakery from Black's dismantled Dominion Stores Ltd.