The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 20, 1989 · 8
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The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 8

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Saturday, May 20, 1989
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A-t Oh ?.mti?, Montreal, Saturday, May 20, 1 983 Liberal MPs neutral ut assistants plot ro-Chref ien tactics Polls have shown Chretien Is the frontninntT in the unofficial race to succeed Turner, with Montreal MP Paul Martin a distant second. No date for a convention has been set and it may be delayed tor op to a year. The Lynx group discussion deals with topics ranging from the timing oi we leadership convention to what the other camps will be using for ammunition against Chretien. McTeague said the group expects other leadership candidates to accuse Chretien of deserting the Liber als when the party needed him. Chretien resigned from politics in 1986. But ChriUen supporters are pre paring a defence against that attack, be said. "We'll simply tear out a page or two oi neign or error," McTeague said. "That ought to explain why he naa to leave." Feign of Error Is book that takes a swipe at the way Turner and other Liberal officials ran the party after Turner won the leadership five years ago. The meetings aren't closed and some anti-Chretien Liberals have turned up to criticize the fact that the gatherings are being held. But McTeague said he welcomes his opponents' Interventions and won t stop anyone from showing up. "Everybody's invited. If they want to come to the meeting and cut us up mat s an ngnt too." There are probably similar orga nizations lining up behind some of the other potential candidates, said McTeague, "but they're not as extensively organized." ; OTTAWA (CP) - Most Libera! members of Parliament remain mum about who they'll support for leadership of their party, but some parliamentary aides have been meeting for several weeks to plot strategy for Jean Chretien. ; Chretien, who lost a bitter leadership battle to John Turner in 1984, hasn't officially declared his candidacy. Neither has anyone else. But about 20 legislative assistants, calling themselves the Lynx group, bad their first gathering before Turner announced two weeks ago that be would resign, said Dan McTeague, an aide to Toronto MP Derek Lee, "There was talk before the (Turner) announcement because we beard through media reports about the possibility of the leadership opening up," McTeague said. The legislative assistants attend with the knowledge of their bosses, be said. They also serve as an MP's eyes and ears, gathering Information while MPs maintain a public posture of neutrality. "We're sort of the front lines for the MPs who are subject to peer pressure and caucus pressure," McTeague said. The group meets every Wednesday, with this week's gathering In the office of David Dingwall, MP for Cape Breton-East Richmond. A memo was sent to several Liberal MPs' offices calling on "legislative assistants who are supportive of Jean Chretien" to turn up at Dingwall's office. Aides to MPs Andre" Ouellet, Sergio Marchi, David Berger, Shirley Mabeu and Rex Crawford were among those invited to the meeting. Budget-leak inquiry didn't talk to securities agency: Copps By PEGGY CURRAN Gazette Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - RCMP officers looking into possible profiteering from at least two federal budget leaks never even contacted the Ontario Securities Commission, Liberal member of Parliament Sheila Copps charged yesterday. Grilled about when the government learned of the second leak involving a Toronto-based financial company, Solicitor General Pierre Blais repeated assurances that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had found no evidence anyone had profited from the leaks. Finance Minister Michael Wilson was forced to announce the budget at a late night news conference April 26 after Global TV aired key elements of the budget document. However, news reports this week indicated the Ottawa office of a Toronto-based financial company obtained a summary of the budget on April 24 and informed Wilson's office the morning after the budget was made public. Outside the House of Commons, Copps wondered how Blais could be certain no one had made money from the leak when the agency monitoring stock market activity hadn't Ottawa's part in arms exhibit immoral: MP OTTAWA (CP) - Federal involvement in ARMX '89, an international arms show opening in Ottawa next week, is immoral, a New Democrat MP said yesterday. "For this government ... to encourage the industry of death when there is such tremendous need for goods and services that help people rather than kill people, is immoral," Simon de Jong told the House of Commons. But Mary Collins, associate de- -fence minister, defended the Armed Forces Training and Simulation Exhibition, saying it gives industry and government a chance to discuss weapons technology. The exhibition, held every two years, is expected to draw several hundred armament dealers from 16 countries to display their latest goods to more than 13,000 buyers, and users from 60 countries. The show will feature Canadian manufactured goods. It was first organized in 1983 by the former Liberal government but was taken over in 1985 by the Toronto-based Baxter Publishing Co. It is being held in the municipally owned Lansdowne Park in central Ottawa as usual. But city council recently decided not to rent space for the next exhibition in 1991. A coalition of peace groups plans to demonstrate against the exhibition this weekend. The Alliance for Non-Violent Action says its members will block access to the arms bazaar on Tuesday. been approached. "The minister is making the statement in the House that there has been a full investigation and that no one has profiteered, (yet in) at least one securities commission the chief investigator hasn't done any investigation," Copps said. The investigator, Malcolm Smith, couldn't be reached for comment yesterday. At Quebec's Society des valeurs mo-biliers, official Marc Barriere said he wasn't aware of any contact with the RCMP. However, Barriere said Consumer and Corporate Affairs alerted senior personnel at the commission the morning after Wilson delivered the budget. RCMP official Cpl. Denis Deveau refused to comment on the charges that investigators had not spoken with the OSC. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Commons finance committee said yesterday that it's so tough to keep the budget a secret the federal government probably should give up trying, Canadian Press reported. 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