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Sponsorship tell-all book disappears

Book appeared online for a while, then it vanished


Sponsorship tell-all book disappears For Les Intouchables, a Quebec book publisher specializing in timely and often compromising pro-indépendantiste screeds, the project must have seemed delicious: a book co-written by a former mandarin of the Liberal Party of Canada’s Quebec wing detailing the party’s dark sponsorship scandal secrets. Turns out it may have been too good to be true.

For a short time, Le rouge et le noir: les secrets du Parti libéral du Canada (The Red and the Black: The Secrets of the Liberal Party of Canada), co-authored by Benoît Corbeil (pictured), the former director of the Liberal party’s Quebec wing, was displayed on the publisher’s website, along with a picture of the book’s cover. Then all traces of it mysteriously vanished.

No one has come forth to explain this bizarre vanishing act. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that Corbeil recently pled guilty to charges of fraud and influence peddling. Or maybe the book was pulled because it would have been a major embarrassment for the Liberal party in the event of a fall election.

Last week, Les Intouchables’ publisher, Michel Brûlé, told La Presse that the book had been put on the site by accident (Brûlé wouldn’t comment on the story to Maclean’s). “Because of the legal situation in which we find ourselves, the release of the book is hypothetical,” he said. He added that he wasn’t pressured by the Liberal party to delay the book’s release.

As if all this weren’t bizarre enough, there’s another twist: Corbeil’s co-author, Normand Lester, says he didn’t recognize any of the material that appeared on Les Intouchables’ website. “Neither the title nor the book cover corresponds with anything I’ve been working on,” he told Maclean’s.

For now, the mysterious case of the disappearing book remains unsolved. You can still pre-order a copy of Le rouge et le noir on Amazon.ca, but there’s no guarantee the hypothetical Liberal tell-all will ever make it to your mailbox.


Sponsorship tell-all book disappears

  1. Then again maybe it was pulled because there was not going to be an election….given the publisher, wouldnt they be seeking to both maximum interest and maximum damage to the Liberal party?

    Just an option

  2. Wasn't "Le rouge et le noir" the title of one of Gregory Peck's finest movies? This book doesn't sound like it would make nearly as good a film.

  3. It was a novel by Stendahl. There was also a Gregory Peck drama about resuing Jews from Italy during World War II called "The Scarlet and the Black".

    • Ah that's right. The Scarlet and the Black with Chris Plummer and Gregory Peck. Awesome movie.

    • Ah that's right. "The Scarlet and the Black" with Chris Plummer and Gregory Peck. Awesome movie.

  4. Most likely The Liberal Party of Canada does not want the truth to come out.

  5. To bad. I was hoping the book would contribute significantly to the death of the Liberal party of Canada. An event I will celebrate for at least a decade!