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Sévigny looks back at Munsinger affair

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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Seven years later on the CBC Radio program This Country In the Morning, host Elizabeth Gray speaks to Pierre Sévigny about the Gerda Munsinger scandal. Sévigny, who left politics to be a real estate businessman, still maintains that he was framed. "Never, never was justice so prostituted as it was by this fellow Spence [of The Spence Report], who was a Liberal creature, who had a job to do for those who put him on the bench."
• Pierre Sévigny has been teaching business at Concordia University in Montreal since 1967. The university set up the Pierre Sévigny Undergraduate International Scholarships in his honour.

• Sévigny served in and was wounded during the Second World War. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and has received numerous military decorations including Croix de Guerre from France and Belgium.

Pierre Sevigny
Medium: Radio
Program: This Country in the Morning
Broadcast Date: July 23, 1973
Guest(s): Pierre Sévigny
Host: Elizabeth Gray
Duration: 4:48

Last updated: April 16, 2013

Page consulted on July 23, 2014

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