Grewal releases secret tapes
Alleged audio recordings between a Conservative member of Parliament and the federal health minister suggest the prime minister knew senior Liberals were courting a pair of Tory MPs to cross the floor before a crucial vote.
- INDEPTH: Grewal tapes
While the authenticity of the recordings and transcripts can't be confirmed, Gurmant Grewal says they prove the Liberals offered him and his wife Nina, also an MP, senate and ambassador postings if they would skip a confidence vote that threatened to bring down the minority government this month.
Grewal secretly recorded roughly four hours of conversation with PMO Chief of Staff Tim Murphy and Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh. He posted segments of the recordings on his website on Tuesday.
The tapes that were released do not include the complete conversations, including how they started or ended.
Murphy has denied making any offers, saying Grewal repeatedly approached him for a job. While the tapes don't explicitly offer the pair jobs, they do suggest the Liberals were courting the Conservative couple.
One of the alleged exchanges between Grewal and Dosanjh runs as follows:
- Dosanjh: I talked to Tim [Murphy], I met him after lunch in his office. It can be OK but with some gap of time. Like [Liberal MP] Scott Brison, Scott Brison was made Parliamentary Secretary, that thing can not be ruled out. That, prime minister can say to you or not. If that can not happen right now, that will be done in 2 or 4 weeks.
- Grewal: So, what do you suggest now?
- Dosanjh: I suggest that you meet with the prime minister this evening. Shake hand with him and talk to him.
- Grewal: When will he be returning?
- Dosanjh: I can find out. So you can announce in the morning or tonight. Or announce in the morning.
- Murphy:...PM was quite happy to do this but literally he is going to get a plane to see the Queen but he is prepared to depending on how the conversation is unfolding but he will be prepared to talk to you directly both by phone and subsequently in person as we see it fit.
- Dosanjh: Yes, it sounds right to me and then at the end, if both of them felt...they want to come and join, it will be more credible at that point for you.
- Murphy: Absolutely, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to preclude that if obviously you have to feel where you are comfortable doing and where your personal stake is and what holds you and your wife, let me make it absolutely clear that we are a welcoming party we will do everything we can, obviously for us continuing to expend our base in B.C. and in prominent communities in this country is a political priority for us. It is a welcoming mat that has a lot of nice Comfy fur on it.
The NDP and the Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois have called on the RCMP to investigate the allegations. Ethics commissioner Bernard Shapiro also wants to see the transcripts of the conversation.