THE SOMBER MUSIC RESUMES:
BRIBERY, KICKBACKS AND FREE VANITY SURGERY
The RCMP has laid out its first allegations of bribery in the sponsorship scandal, stating in a court document that an advertising firm offered kickbacks to long-time bureaucrat Chuck Guité, including free cosmetic surgery for his wife.
According to a previously undisclosed search warrant, the RCMP raided a clinic in the Montreal area in 2008, obtaining medical records, invoices and before-and-after pictures of Lucile Chatel Guité.
For the first time, the search warrant shows the RCMP has uncovered allegations of gifts and payments to Mr. Guité and his wife that go well beyond the evidence heard in 2004 and 2005 at the Gomery inquiry, which probed the mismanagement of Ottawa’s efforts to increase its visibility in Quebec in the late 1990s and early 2000s.