Something is terribly wrong,
with the system and with Jean Chrétien


(Thursday afternoon Liberal MPs move to adjourn and leave, opposition votes as a block and defeats government motion embarrassing the government which is already in serious confusion)

Nipawin - March 30, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis


I became aware of the fundamental flaws of our social system when Saskatchewan prosecutor Serge Kujawa stated back in 1991 "It doesn't matter if Milgaard is innocent... The whole judicial system is at issue... it's worth more than one person." Until 1991, no matter what my social experiences were, I still maintained my faith in the so called system, but after reading Kujawa's comment I shook once again my head and became a bit cynical to the point that my wife Sharon would periodically remind me to look at the bright side of any event. In 1999, when I read the book "A Mother's Story" by Joyce Milgaard, I was surprised to find out on page 251 of this book this same comment by Kujawa's. Finally, I realized that I was not alone in understanding the significance of the regressive leadership mentality transpiring from Kujawa's comment; and again, I would share this sense of understanding later in the fall of 2000 when I corresponded briefly with Sheila Steel of




Today, I realize that our governmental systems are constitutionally flawed as our Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is getting away with his Grand Mere's scandalous wheeling dealing.




Gilles Paquet, director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, has mentioned that the Prime Minister is the only person who can call a public inquiry into his financial dealings in Shawinigan and has stated

Louis XIV

"Mr. Chrétien is like Louis XIV. He's entirely the most autocratic, the most powerful individual in the country and he has made use of this power quite strongly(1)."

Golf Club

Paquet, has also suggested that the best chance for the opposition to obtain documents relating to Mr. Chrétien's Grand-Mère Golf Club shares would be if the Prime Minister became involved in a private lawsuit relating to the dealings.




Margaret Wente, of the Globe and Mail, speaks of Jean Chrétien,

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"of course he greased the way for government grants and loans to flow like milk and honey into the general vicinity of his not-quite-ex-golf-course. But that was nothing special. He greased the way for everything, and everybody, so long as they voted for his party. And so did the prime minister before him and the one before him and the one before him(2)."




Comparing Shawinigate to Clinton's scandal with Monica Lewinsky, Mark Steyn of the National Post says,


"until the system changes, we are all Kathleen Willeys -- whimpering helplessly as Mr. Chrétien staggers up to us, grabs our hand and forces us to give him instant relief of his swollen shareholding(3)."




Our governmental system is wrong, yet when lawyer Tony Merchant defends the rights of 4,300 former residential school students against the government then the Saskatchewan Law Society charges him with 'conduct unbecoming a lawyer(4).' When this same lawyer is successful at trial against Revenue Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal criticizes Merchant's behaviour as 'outrageous' and 'unacceptable(5).'




I continue to shake my head, but I am happy of the public understanding that something is terribly wrong, with the governmental system and with Jean Chrétien. Business will not be as usual.
  List of relevant political and economics articles


Only PM can call probe, experts say. 'Mr. Chrétien is like Louis XIV': ethicist, Luiza Chwialkowska, National Post, March 29, 2001




It's the grandmother of all scandals, Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail, March 29, 2001




Chrétien's inability to achieve completion, Mark Steyn, National Post, March 29, 2001




Regina lawyer fined by law society, CBC Saskatchewan, December 8, 2000