Conrad Black denies seeking 'special treatment'

Former media baron Conrad Black denies requesting "special treatment" from the Harper Conservatives to return to Canada on a temporary resident permit after his release from a Florida prison earlier this month.

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Conrad Black interview

10 years ago
Duration 2:00
Conrad Black tells CBC's Peter Mansbridge he did not seek help from political friends to return to Canada

Former media baron Conrad Black denies requesting "special treatment" from the Harper Conservatives to return to Canada on a temporary resident permit after his release from a Florida prison earlier this month.

In a one-on-one interview with CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, Black — who served 42 months in a Florida prison on fraud and obstruction of justice convictions — said he made "absolutely no contact, direct or indirect" with any government officials.

"I said we will make no overture to them at all. They must have absolute ability to deny that there has been any political contact whatsoever. And there was none," Black said.

Earlier this month, federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair accused the government of affording "special treatment" to the prime minister's "insider friends."

Black said he was not pleased that the New Democrat called him a "British criminal" while speaking in the House of Commons.

"If he wants to divest himself of his parliamentary immunity, it would certainly be my pleasure to sue him for defamation," Black told Mansbridge.

CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge's full one-on-one interview with Conrad Black airs Monday on The National at 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network. It will also air on The National on CBC-TV at 10 p.m. ET.