THE RCMP Investigation
| IT'S OVER
On April 23, 2003 the RCMP announced the end of the Airbus investigation.
|ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Internal RCMP documents obtained by the fifth estate though Access to Information show that when the RCMP closed the airbus investigation they couldn't confirm allegations that Brian Mulroney had received $300,000 - nor could they determine what the money was for.
On November 2, 1995 the former prime minister was living in comfortable retirement in Westmount. At this point the hard transition to private life had been somewhat softened by the generosity of Karlheinz Schreiber. But then, some shocking news. Schreiber phoned to inform Mulroney that the RCMP had sent an official ‘letter of request’ to Switzerland. The Mounties wanted access to Schreiber’s bank accounts and they were alleging that Mulroney, while in office, had received a share of those secret Airbus commissions.
That night Mulroney spoke with Karlheinz Schreiber. “Oh he was terribly upset about the whole thing,” Schreiber told the fifth estate in an interview. “And Mila Mulroney was totally scared.” It would be eight years before the RCMP would finally drop the investigation and documents show in the end the Mounties couldn’t even confirm allegations that he got the three hundred thousand dollars, let alone what it was for. But it wasn’t long after the RCMP investigation was made public, that Mulroney launched an aggressive legal fight.