More than a year after the government announced its intention to hold a full judicial inquiry into the Mulroney/Schreiber affair, the first round of public hearings are slated to get underway next week. On Monday, the Oliphant Commission hears from two former cabinet ministers—Progressive Conservative Bill McKnight, who served as Mulroney’s energy minister, and Liberal Marc Lalonde, who worked for Karlheinz Schreiber as a “lawyer and lobbyist.” The Commission will also hear from former Mulroney chief of staff Derek Burney and Elizabeth “Beth” Moores, who was married to the late Frank Moores. The first witnesses were announced at a special hearing on Thursday, during which the judge bowed to Mulroney’s request for “clarification” on his ruling on standards of conduct by reassuring Mulroney’s legal team that he has “no intention of prying into the private affairs of the former prime minister.”
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