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The Hamilton Spectator
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Tuesday May 12, 2009
Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has begun testifying at the Oliphant inquiry, organized to probe his business dealings with German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.

The inquiry is trying to get to the bottom of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash payments Schreiber made to Mulroney in 1993 and 1994.

Schreiber says he negotiated a deal with Mulroney not long before he resigned as prime minister in June 1993. He wanted Mulroney to lobby on behalf of a proposal by Thyssen AG to build light-armoured vehicles in Canada.

Schreiber said he made three $100,000 payments to Mulroney: the first in August 1993, another in December of that year and a final payment in December 2004.

Mulroney admits to having received cash payments from Schreiber, and maintains they were made after he left office.

However, he claims to only have been paid $225,000, which he declared for income tax purposes six years after the payments started.

Mulroney says he broke no legal or ethical guidelines and that he lobbied foreign politicians in an effort to find export markets for Thyssen vehicles.

As he headed into the inquiry Tuesday, Schreiber said he had "no idea" what Mulroney was going to say in his testimony. Source.

Mulroney begins testifying at Oliphant inquiry
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