How can we miss Peter MacKay if he won’t go away?
There was the avowed private citizen and devoted family man, once again boo-hooing in the National Post over the Supreme Court’s latest rollbacks of his lock-em-up legal legacy, “enacted by a democratically elected and accountable parliament, which were genuinely intended to reform our criminal justice system.”
“Over the last decade, the Supreme Court has often seemed at odds with elected governments [sic] over legislation designed to emphasize enforcement of the rule of law and reflect the public demand for greater accountability,” thundered the noted legal scholar, who was last year revealed to have blown $4.7 million in public dosh unsuccessfully trying to cram 15 of his other crap laws down the high court’s learned gullets.
Of course, the constitutionally unconstitutional justice minister is these days just a workaday partner in the Toronto offices of international behemoth Baker & McKenzie, not a bad gig, considering his short and undistinguished legal career spanking young offenders in smurf court as a Nova Scotia prosecutor. (His attempt to hang onto the public service paycheque while running for the Tories got him shitcanned in ’97.)
Still, Petey’s arguably appointed more judges than any other working legalist in the country, and B&M thingies expressed much delight to have the great legal mind aboard to provide “strategic advice” to corporate clients, and lend them the benefit of his cabinet-level expertise on white collar crime and corruption.
“It’s of personal interest to me, having been in parts of the world where corruption is a big problem,” the onetime foreign minister told the Globe and Minion upon his appointment, most assuredly more in reference to Afghanistan than Antigonish.
Indeed, the same day as his NatPost bed-wetter, the ubiquitous MacKay popped up in the Law Times with an 800-word effort to drum up some business, drafting fun “anti-corruption compliance plans” for corporate customers in today’s increasingly humourless international legal climate:
“Where once bribery may have been deemed by some to be a cost of doing business in some parts of the world, in today’s global marketplace, bribery is not only a violation of criminal laws, it is widely accepted to be corrosive to the rule of law. Corruption distorts free markets and diverts funds away from education, health care, and other critical public services, and into the hands of criminals and corrupt officials.”
Sadly, the op-ed did not leave space for MacKay to finally explain his curious incuriosity as justice minister vis-a-vis the Rt. Unindicted Byron Muldoon‘s acceptance of $300,000 in bribes from Airbus lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber – and his pocketing of a $2.1 million defamation settlement from the government for suggesting such a thing could be true (it, er, was).
In the face of Petey’s continued silence on the matter, we must reiterate that this inaction certainly had nothing to do with his receipt of $10,000 from Muldoon for his 2003 PC leadership campaign, and even less with his father Elmer’s long slow-dance as Muldoon-Schreiber go-between.
It was, readers may recall, Elmer who (with Marc Lalonde) posted Schreiber’s bail as he fought extradition to Germany. Elmer hid Karlheinz in his home in Nova Scotia, loaned him his cell phone and helped him set up a place in Toronto under an assumed name.
Schreiber had not only wined and dined Elmer for years, but also supped with the family. On one such occasion, at Elmer’s home, with Peter and two of his sisters in attendance, they discussed MacKay the Younger’s future.
Peter’s first gig out of law school, as it turned out, would be with Thyssen Industries, the arms manufacturer Schreiber had represented in its failed bid to open an armoured vehicle plant at Bear Head, N.S. in Elmer’s riding and–(that’s enough Peter principles!!–ed.)