Paul Coffin Testifies and Publication Ban Lifted
The Globe and Mail reports that Justice Gomery has partially lifted the publication ban on a deposition given by Paul Coffin so that the testimony would not prejudice his June trial for fraud. The Inquiry today heard and his testimony emphasized how regular government procurement rules were flouted in the program:
-Mr. Coffin’s firm twice was retained by bureaucrats to act as a front and pretend to do work that was in fact farmed out to BCP, a Liberal-friendly firm, and Gingko Group, an ineligible ad agency
–Mr. Coffin lied in his application to get his firm, Communication Coffin, selected as one of the agencies managing federal sponsorships. And the very day his agency was selected, he received hefty federal contracts right away
–He agreed with Judge Gomery’s suggestion that he submitted deceptive invoices at the request of Chuck GuitÃ©, the bureaucrat who ran the sponsorship program, as a way to circumvent the normal tender process.
Read the remaining article here.
Captain Ed over at Captain’s Quarter’s has this piece on today’s testimony:
Coffin’s testimony shows that the corruption extended so far into the government that even the career bureaucrats understood the scam and furthered it on behalf of the Liberals. Coffin received plenty of cash for his front in the scam; he received $86,000 just to secretly redirect work to Groupe BCP. He also picked up almost twice that amount to serve as a beard for Gingko, an agency that never received certification to do government contracts.
GuitÃ© has plenty to worry about if Coffin keeps going in this direction. GuitÃ© is the only government employee facing corruption charges — at least so far — and Coffin apparently dealt closely with him. Coffin, in fact, submitted fictitious invoices on a regular basis, apparently encouraged to do so by GuitÃ© in order to make sure that the Sponsorship Program money had been thoroughly fleeced. Canadians will be surprised to learn that not only did Liberal Party functionaries loot the program, but they conscientiously went back over the books to ensure that every last dime went out the door and into the waiting pockets of Liberal cronies.
Coffin continues his testimony tomorrow. GuitÃ© has to wonder what more damage he can possibly do.