NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has a lot of explaining to do on why it took him 17 years to tell the RCMP that he was offered an envelope stuffed with money:
In a written statement, federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says he met with the embattled former Laval, Que., mayor Gilles Vaillancourt in 1994.
French language newspaper La Presse is reporting that Mulcair was targetted by the former mayor. The article says Vaillancourt offered Mulcair an envelope and said he could help him. It goes on to quote Mulcair as saying he did not see the contents of the envelope but was certain it contained money.
A statement issued today by a spokesperson for the NDP leader says Mulcair put an end to the 1994 meeting immediately and recounted the events to police investigators two years ago. (see here)
Instead of doing the right thing, Mulcair enabled a now criminally charged politician to continue operating.
Update: Bombshell! The Globe and Mail is reporting that Mulcair said he was never offered envelopes full of cash in 2010 – the year before he came clean to the RCMP (see here).