and he names names… including Paul Martin.
In 2000, Martin exerted political interference in order to secure a contract for a Liberal friendly firm…
“[The Sponsorship Program] was 150 per cent politically driven”
— Chuck Guité
In one case, BCP fell short in its bid for a $60 million Tourism Canada contract. The contract went to another ad firm, Vickers and Benson. But Guité said the decision was quickly overturned after the Prime Minister’s Office got a call from Yves Gougoux, the head of BCP.
“Yves Gougoux from BCP went ballistic and phoned the PMO and they changed it. Is that political influence?” asked Fournier.
“I think so,” Guité answered.