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Friday December 14, 2007
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney appeared before a Commons ethics committee today and admitted that it was a mistake to accept cash payments from Karlheinz Schreiber in exchange for his consulting services. However, he said none of his actions were illegal.

The ethics committee is probing why Mulroney accepted cash -- which Schreiber claims amounted to $300,000 -- shortly after leaving office in 1993.

Mulroney told the committee he was actually paid $225,000 in three payments of $75,000.

"My second biggest mistake in life, for which I have no one to blame but myself, is having accepted payments in cash from Karlheinz Schreiber for a mandate he gave me after I left office," Mulroney said in an opening statement.

"... my biggest mistake in life, by far, was ever agreeing to be introduced to Karlheinz Schreiber in the first place."

Schreiber has alleged that the pair agreed in principle to work together in June 1993 at Harrington Lake -- when Mulroney was still in office.

But Mulroney denied ever making a deal to work for Thyssen Industries or any other client of Schreiber while he was serving as prime minister. Source...

Mulroney explains cash payments from Schreiber
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