Canadian Pols Call for Bribery Probe

Cancer-stricken MP rejected offer to trade vote for insurance: book
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2008 1:15 PM CST
Independant MP Chuck Cadman talks to the media after the vote on the budget on May 19, 2005 in Ottawa, Canada. Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin survived an attempt by the opposition to bring down his...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Canadian Liberals are demanding investigations of bribery allegations against Conservative officials, the Toronto Star reports. In 2005, a new book says, two Conservatives approached independent legislator Chuck Cadman, who was suffering from terminal cancer, and offered him a $1 million life insurance policy if he voted to oust PM Paul Martin. Cadman angrily refused, and the move failed by one vote. Cadman died soon after.

“This is completely false, completely irresponsible,” said current PM Stephen Harper, a Conservative. But Liberals argue that “there is an obvious and significant public interest” in investigating the allegations, which constitute a criminal offense. Cadman’s widow confirms the story, saying the offer angered her husband. Asked by a CTV reporter whether she considered it a bribe, Dona Cadman said, "Yes, in a way." (Read more Canada stories.)