The last Conservative Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney, is still fighting allegations of *personal corruption* relating to the Airbus Affair. His associates have also been implicated in the BRE-X scandal… and we’re *still* living with the GST, which was a Conservative creation. (Yes the Liberals promised to get rid of it.. of course they didn’t)
Wikipedia has an excellent rundown on the past and current tribulations of Mr. Mulroney.
In his book ” A Secret Trial” published by McGill-Queens University Press in 2004, William Kaplan (a historian and former law professor) calls Mulroney’s sworn testimony about his “peripheral” relationship to Schreiber evasive, incomplete and misleading. But Kaplan concludes that Mulroney’s testimony does not rise to the level of perjury. He adds that no evidence has ever emerged that Mulroney was involed in the decision to purchase Airbus airplanes. To this day, many questions about the Airbus affair remain unanswered.”
So forgive me if I consider the Conservative party to be any less apt to corruption than our current Liberal party. I will resolve *not* to be one of those voters “with a short memory”. I remember the scandal of past governments… every government has had them. This government is no different. Yes it’d be nice to see some fresh blood in the PMO, but not at the expense of the values and political ideals that I believe in.
What I want to see out of the Gomery inquiry are criminal charges. I would love to see some former and/or current Liberal MPs be charged and go down in flames. That would satisfy me that those involved were punished and that the corruption was dealt with through the courts as it should be. That is the best way to insure that members of *all parties* think twice before corrupting the Canadian government and duping the Canadian people.
In the end, this is a criminal matter. It does not change my political views, and it make me no more inclined to vote for a party that does not share my political point of view. In fact, the Conservative Party, in its’ current incarnation, is so far from my political point of view that I’d rather abstain than vote for them…
I don’t think it’ll come to that… I will probably be voting NDP in the next election because the candidate in my riding will have a chance to win and I know will do a better job of representing our community than the current Conservative MP.