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Stevie Cameron on secret sources

The Story

On Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, the Globe and Mail ran a cover story suggesting that journalist Stevie Cameron was a secret informant for the RCMP. The accusation came from Edward Greenspan, attorney for Karlheinz Schreiber. Schreiber was charged with making illegal payments to secure a contract with Air Canada in the sale of 34 Airbus A-320 airplanes. This Cameron interview with CBC-TV's Susan Ormiston came days after the story was published.

Medium: Television
Program: Inside Media
Broadcast Date: Nov. 18, 2003
Guest: Stevie Cameron
Interviewer: Susan Ormiston
Duration: 7:07

Did You know?

• The Globe and Mail's headline read: "Could this journalist be the secret informant?" Kirk Makin and Paul Waldie wrote the story. It stated that Cameron was "accused of secretly helping [the] RCMP case against the former prime minister in connection with Airbus payments." A photo of Cameron was adjacent to the front page story.


• In 1994, Stevie Cameron released On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years. In the book, she wrote about alleged corruption in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada under the leadership of Brian Mulroney. Half a chapter was dedicated to the so-called "Airbus affair", suggesting that Mulroney took "kickbacks" from Karlheinz Schreiber to secure a contract with Air Canada in 1988.


• Canadian lawyer and journalist William Kaplan broke the story in 2003 about large payments being made from Schreiber to Mulroney. This information was kept secret for 10 years. In 2004, he published another book called Brian Mulroney, Stevie Cameron and the Public Trust that repeated the charge that Cameron was a secret informant for the RCMP. Cameron wrote a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail denying the accusation.



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