Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Cadman Story: The Missing Dan Wallace

In first hearing of this breaking story that the late Chuck Cadman was possibly offered a 1 million dollar life insurance policy in return for a vote that would have brought the Liberal government down, it is evident it revolves solely around Dona Cadman, the widow of Mr. Cadman, and her recollection of what Chuck Cadman had told her after a meeting with two Conservatives. Now the fact that this story is centered on Ms. Cadman is because no news agency can get a hold of Dan Wallace. Mr. Wallace was Cadman's legislative assistant at the time and was in the room with Cadman when the offer transpired. If Dan Wallace was reached the story could be either collaberated or shown to be possibly false.

So then where is Dan Wallace?

Through contacting Gloria Galloway, a journalist for the Globe and Mail, she gratiously informed me that Dan Wallace is currently working for Kevin Sorenson, an MP from Alberta. I then called his parliament office, to which astoundingly I am not so much as hearing my call get through. In calling his riding office I was directed back to the Parliament office for any type of communication with Dan Wallace. I am left thinking Dan Wallace does not want to be reached.

Mr. Wallace could be avoiding calls from the media for various reasons: he might not want to call Ms. Cadman's credibility into question; he might not want to implicate the party he owes his job to; he may just want to get his story straight, as it did occur two years ago; or he may just not want to get involved. However by not coming forward Dan Wallace is giving the appearance of hiding something, and considering he is working for the Conservative Party, the very party accused of the wrongful act, I would think he should be very motivated to be as open as possible.

In further attempts to contact Dan Wallace, I've contacted Dona Cadman's Conservative office in an attempt to get additional contact information for Mr. Wallace and was told she is currently away. I then found the number for Tom Zytaruk, the author of Like A Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story, who really broke this story, and was directed to his office number to which there is no answer. Now for these two people I also cannot get a hold of, but others in the media have. Dan Wallace on the other hand has not said one word to anyone as of yet, and cannot be so much as contacted.

***Update***
As Steve from Far And Wide pointed out CBC has obtained a statement from Dan Wallace who is suggesting he was not in the room when Cadman met with the two Conservative officials. The CBC reports:

Dan Wallace, Cadman's legislative assistant who is also quoted in the book, said in a statement Thursday that he was not in the meeting with the two Conservative party representatives, and therefore not privy to the details.
However this is different then what Tom Zytaruk claims, as reported in the Globe and Mail, "Mr. Zytaruk writes that the only person in the office at the time of the visit by the officials was Mr. Cadman's legislative assistant, Dan Wallace." So now the question is what source did Mr. Zytaruk rely on to write Mr. Wallace was in the room, and if it is a valid source, why is there discrepencies between Mr. Wallace's account and Mr. Zytaruk's.

2 comments:

Steve V said...

Scott

CBC has an update story, with Wallace now denying he was in the room:

Dan Wallace, Cadman's legislative assistant who is also quoted in the book, said in a statement Thursday that he was not in the meeting with the two Conservative party representatives, and therefore not privy to the details.

The Cons are saying that nothing happened on the 19th, using a tape of Cadman on Duffy that evening as proof. The book alleges the meeting took place on the 17th, so there is some confusion if this was the same meeting.

Mushroom said...

I have posted this response to Steve's blog. It is as follows:

Look at the spin. The meeting Harper was referring to was the one between Flanagan, Finley, and Cadman at the House of Commons. Duffy was talking about that. The proposal was made at the 17th in Surrey between two handlers from the BC wing. Mound of Sound had hints who these two people were and they were local.

Flanagan and Finley cannot provide that large of a monetary inducement. Somebody more shady would have to do something that weird, offering a phony life insurance policy or as the Blogging Tories called it, discounts that are part of the membership.