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The day after all that


 

The Star reports that atop one of the proposals submitted by Green Power Corporation were the words “From Rahim.” Two businessmen who met with Mr. Jaffer say he was presented to them and presented himself as someone with access to government (and they provide the CBC with the MP business card they say Mr. Jaffer gave them). Nazim Gillani’s spokesman says Mr. Gillani thought Mr. Jaffer worked in “government relations.”

And Liberal MP Yasmin Ratansi, chair of the government operations committee, passes on a letter, reprinted below, that she has directed to Transport Minister John Baird, after Mr. Baird sent an unsolicited package to her last evening.

Dear Mr. Baird

I received the package of documents you sent me during votes in the House of Commons last evening immediately after the testimony of Mr. Rahim Jaffer and Patrick Glémaud at the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. They contain what would appear to be client proposals submitted by Green Power Generation Corp, the company owned by Mr. Rahim Jaffer and Mr. Patrick Glémaud.

These proposals appear to have been in various stages of consideration by yourself, your parliamentary secretary and your department.

In the handwritten note attached you only state “As requested. John Baird”

I am writing to seek clarification, because as Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates or as an MP, I made no such request of you or your department. As you may be aware, the committee did request that witnesses representing GPG at yesterday’s committee meeting provide a list of proposals that they submitted to the government.

Are these documents, the proposals in question? Are you acting as an agent for GPG or its principals, Mr. Jaffer or Mr. Glemaud? Or are you releasing this information on your own behalf or the instructions of the prime minister.

If it is the latter, I would appreciate if the committee could receive a full set of documents which includes all records related to GPG or its principals held in the care of the government and that such documents be given to the committee no later than Friday, April 23, 2010.

I await your speedy reply, because if it is your intention that I share the documents you sent with my fellow committee members, I would like to have them translated expeditiously so that I can provide them to all committee members as soon as possible.

Yours truly,

Yasmin Ratansi, MP
Don Valley East
Chair, Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates


 

The day after all that

  1. Are you acting as an agent for GPG or its principals, Mr. Jaffer or Mr. Glemaud?

    Ha! Cute, Yasmin. Very cute.

    • The demand for the names was made to Jaffer and Glemaud. Not the government.

  2. Given where we are, why would a cabinet minister do anything that would allow an opposition MP and Chair of a committee to, quite legitimately (even if perhaps it's a bit cheeky) write the question "Are you acting as an agent for GPG or its principals, Mr. Jaffer or Mr. Glemaud?"

    That just seems weird.

  3. Whoa, Big Mouth Baird! I hope you're comfortable in the limelight for a few days.

    I thought Yasmin did a great job yesterday.

  4. oh oh, somebody's got some splainin' to do:

    ''….(his) valuable contributions to our clients include acting for foreign and offshore organizations in obtaining operating licenses,
    securing regulatory and governmental approvals for mergers and acquisitions,
    reviewing policies and conduct of Canadian Security Intelligence Services, advising government bodies on international issues regarding cross border tax collection,
    antidumping issues, and lobbying government on policy issues as well as facilitating inter-governmental relationships…''

    guess who? http://www.sun-partners.com/en/derek-lee.aspx

    h/t http://www.stephentaylor.ca/2010/04/on-mps-and-lo

    • None of those activities requires lobbyist registration, Wilson.

      But go ahead and smear one of the most honourable and decent Members of Parliament, one who has been chosen by Harper himself for some of the most significant security sensitive positions in Parliament, for a teeny partisan gain why don't you.

      Pretty disgraceful.

  5. Wilson , give it up would you. That's patently false information your linking to and you know it. Here's what is said on the link you provide:

    "Oops, I'm sorry. The paragraph above erroneously cited the name of Rahim Jaffer. The excerpt above is not about the former MP who is the subject of a probe into website fibbery (and some alleged “puffery”) by the House of Commons ethics committee, but was rather in reference to a sitting Member of Parliament. I regret the deliberate yet illustrative error."

    Any comment Wilson ? How many comment sections have you pasted your misinformation in ?

    • SUN & PARTNERS – Barristers & Solicitors

      ''Mr. Derek Lee, Member of Parliament, joined Sun & Partners as counsel to the firm in July 2007…
      (5th paragraph)
      …''Mr. Lee's valuable contributions to our clients include acting for foreign and offshore organizations in obtaining operating licenses, securing regulatory and governmental approvals for mergers and acquisitions, reviewing policies and conduct of Canadian Security Intelligence Services, advising government bodies on international issues regarding cross border tax collection, antidumping issues, and lobbying government on policy issues as well as facilitating inter-governmental relationships. … http://www.sun-partners.com/en/derek-lee.aspx

  6. … those all sound like the duties of a typical MP. What exactly are you getting at?

    • ''Mr. Derek Lee, Member of Parliament, joined Sun & Partners as counsel to the firm in July 2007…
      that sounds like a paying job to me,
      but maybe Mr Lee works as counsel out of the goodness of his heart?

    • They are? It would be typical for an MP to be listed on a private business website? That's news to me.

      Which other MP's are doing this?

  7. Three that I know of.

  8. Baird and the Harper gov't obviously have an interest in keeping this prominently in the news.

  9. Just report her comment for abusive trolling.. That's what I did.

  10. Where is Brian Jean? Why isn't he answering questions on this?

  11. One would have thought it more responsible to bring Mr Jean in first,
    but then that could have limited the mud flinging.

  12. None of that requires registration as a lobbyist, Wilson. Fail big time.

  13. Really – how?

  14. He's a SITTING MP.
    I'm still trying to figure out how you can work for your constituents full time AND hold down a second job lobbying for client of a legal firm.
    How can you use your privilege as an MP to lobby the government for your 'other' employer and not be in conflict of interest?

  15. Other than Derek Lee, how many other MPs are moonlighting?
    And here I thought being an MP was a full time job.

    • Peter Stoffer does weddings and bar mitzvghs

    • I hear Stephen Harper is writing a book…

    • André Arthur is an independent MP, conservative enough that the Conservatives didn't run a candidate against him, and full-time radio host.

  16. Nice change of the subject.

    Sir John A MacDonald never gave up his law practice while he was PM. You couldn't do that now, but there is nothing requiring an MP, including a government backbencher from giving up their investments or positions, as long as they are not in conflict of interest.

  17. Now you want to talk about conflict of interest? Since you realized you goofed by talking about lobbying requirements?

    Or maybe you think lobbying registration and conflict of interest rules are the same thing or addressing the same issue?

    If you don't know what conflict of interest means then you need to read the act or anything, even Wikipedia or a dictionary.

    How can he be in a conflict of interest if he has no ability to make a decision on anything as a backbench opposition MP?

    • You're squirming Ted. A sitting MP can't be a lobbyist,
      but can be influence peddling when they are getting PAID to sway (lobby) government policy on behalf of someone else.

      The company website states Mr Lee's valuable contributions to their clients include lobbying the government ….

      The point here Ted, is this lawfirm used Lee's MP status in a sales pitch to clients…

  18. I find this odd also.

    However, tedbetts makes a very important point; he's in opposition. He probably has less influence on what the government does than I do.

    • the Opps have a majority……..

  19. Kady O'Malley has posted correspondence and emails that, as Yasmin's letter indicates, seem to show Jean's and Baird's knowledge that these proposals were indeed in various stages of consideration for green federal cash. At her site on cbc.ca.

    Does this point to further ministerial influence?

    • 'Does this point to further ministerial influence?'
      All 3 projects got turned down. Does that indicate influence?

      • They were being fully checked out by staffers, as handed down from minister and parliamentary secretary and ultimately, Jaffer and Glemaud themselves.

        Would your presentation have gone through such a direct and swift route?

  20. is there more information to explain allegations of "pump and dump"? what about ISI? "palomine Mining"?

  21. Was he also pretending to be an MP?

    • No, being an MP was listed as one of Mr Lee's 'contributions' to Sun Partners lawfirm.

    • You never seem to tire of posting links to your own blogs.

  22. Question Period today saying that Baird circulated different versions of the same documents… whoops!

  23. How can you use your privilege as an MP to lobby the government for your 'other' employer and not be in conflict of interest?

  24. 18 replies and counting

    you dinks – don't feed the trolls!! – what…. you need a swamp guard to warn you away from a diversionary troll like lil-wilson ?