Nigel Wright and Barrick

The ethics commissioner is going to follow up on CP’s investigation of contact between representatives of Barrick Gold and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has said Barrick, which has mining operations in Argentina, called Wright to discuss Harper’s performance at the Summit of the Americas in April. The prime minister infuriated the Argentine government by blocking a declaration on its claim to the Falkland Islands.

Baird has insisted Wright did nothing wrong; he merely listened to Barrick’s concerns, said nothing, passed the matter over to others responsible for the file and was not involved in any decision relating to the company. Baird has not explained why Wright would have felt it necessary to participate in three separate calls — on May 14, 25 and 29 — if he had nothing to say and no responsibility for the matter.




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Nigel Wright and Barrick

  1. Having the meeting is doing something wrong. Barrick didn’t have to wait on hold and see if they could get someone, anyone to call them back some day; they walked into the PMO because their buddy Nigel has the ear of the prime minister. Exactly the situation the Opposition raised when he was appointed.

  2. “Baird has insisted Wright did nothing wrong; he merely listened to Barrick’s concerns, said nothing, passed the matter over to others responsible for the file and was not involved in any decision relating to the company.”
    Well, maybe as a cost-cutting measure Baird can double as the Ethics commissioner.
    But his description of the episode reminds me of “the medium is the message” . . . . if you are the flunky ‘responsible’ for the file, what signal does it give you when its the PMO CoS handing it off to you? (Let alone Wright’s involvement in further meetings after first contact)

  3. pj o’rourke ~ when buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators

  4. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Ethics Commissioner will tell us that she could find nothing wrong with what Wright did. Surprise, surprise.

    Off topic but when are we going to get that ruling from the Supreme Court on the disputed riding? It appears to have falling off the radar.

  5. “The ethics commissioner is going to follow up…”…very,very, very, very sslloowwllyy…zzzzzzz

  6. We have an ethics commissioner? You’d never know it…

    • Obviously Harper’ accountability legislation did the trick; Ottawa has never been so ethical.

  7. These Mafia Leaders have to go to Jail.

    People have died because of them.

    There is a direct conflict with Wright and Barrick. Barrick Gold is all over the world and gets money through channels of CIDA

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