Chretien-Adscam link established

Jean Carle, a former top aide to Jean Chretien and senior executive at the Business Development Bank of Canada, admitted Friday that he helped construct a phoney paper trail to conceal details of a $125,000 sponsorship deal.

The blunt revelation from Jean Carle – who is described as having a father-son relationship with the former prime minister and once lived in his basement – places the scandal in the heart of Chretien’s circle of intimates.

Carle’s startling testimony, at the public inquiry into the federal sponsorship program, drew a tart observation from Justice John Gomery. “If this were a drug deal, it would be called money-laundering,” said Gomery.

“You’re not wrong,” Carle meekly replied.

— Source: CP