Wednesday, January 25, 2006

New in Ethics report (2): Nina knew about the discussions

From the Ethics Commissioner's report:
Mr. Grewal and Mrs. Grewal both testified that while on their way to Question Period on Monday, May 16, 2005, he informed her for the first time that he had been contacted by Mr. Kalia. Mrs. Grewal’s response was “you’re wasting your time since, you know, we’re not going to be joining the Liberals.”
This will have been before the 'pizza date' later that evening, which was the first time Dosanjh and Grewal discussed the matter directly.

This helps clarify something that's been unclear for quite some time: the question of when Nina was informed about the negotiations. Up to this point, Nina has said little about them except that she was involved. Indeed, the Toronto Star (story archived here) reports that, when asked about the negotiations last June, she said:
"nobody approached me, I wasn't part of any negotiations."

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