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Michael Munsinger and Pierre Sévigny on Gerda Munsinger

If Lucien Cardin had kept his mouth shut on March 4, 1966, the sensational political sex scandal may have never surfaced. But, fuelled by taunts, the Liberal minister implied that a German playgirl and alleged KGB spy had relationships with top ministers in Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's government. In the frenzied atmosphere of the Cold War, Cardin's allegations sent the country into a tizzy, sparking the first political sex scandal in Canadian history.

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Those close to Munsinger describe the woman at the centre of the controversy.
Pierre Sevigny
Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Morning Magazine
Guests: Michael Munsinger, Pierre Sévigny
Hosts: Bruce Rogers, Bob Willson
Duration: 2:19

Last updated: September 3, 2013

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