In 1993 Mr Chretien was elected prime minister and with three business partners he sold the money-losing Grand-Mere Inn to Mr. Duhaime for $225,000.
In 1994 a year after he was elected, PM Chretien created the office of Ethics Counsellor and appointed Howard Wilson as ethics counselor but Prime Minister Chretien gave no investigative powers to Howard Wilson and had him report directly to himself instead of parliament. In other words he formed his own private detective agency to forewarn him of forthcoming complaints, all at taxpayers expense.
In 1996, during the run up to the Liberal reelection, Yvon Duhaime, who bought the prime ministers money-loosing hotel wanted a large loan of $2 million and approached the Business Development Bank of Canada, a Crown corporation. The president of this bank, a Crown Corporation, Mr Beaudoin had also been appointed by Prime Minister Chretien. The bank turned down the application. Prime Minister Chretien then phoned his appointee, the president, Mr. Beaudoin about this loan 3 times during 1996 and 1997. Prime Minister Chretien even had Mr Beaudoin over to the prime ministers official residence at 24 Sussex Dr. to discuss the loan. Eventually Mr Duhaime got a loan of $615,000. You guessed it. Yvon Duhaime failed to make the mortgage payments. Mr Beaudoin then thought that maybe they should foreclose on the property. Bad thought. Mr Beaudoin himself was dismissed from his position. This constructive dismissal is now the subject of a lawsuit. But lawsuits take years to work their way through the courts and are most often settled when big bucks change hands.
The Canadian public was made aware of these facts before the last election and still they elected the Liberals back into office for a 3rd term. It remains to be seen if Canadians will get what they deserve for electing these Liberals again. It is a graphic political study into the reasons why people vote in a certain direction and why, in the past, large powerful countries have been led down the garden path by well organized politicians.