Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, March 1, 1972 THE LETHBSIDGE HERAID 37 Tim story hehind I lie sfory Woolliams Dy PAUl. JACKSON llcrnlil Ottawa'Bureau OTTMVA Whichever way you look at it. Calgary Novlh Mr Eldon Woollioms has hit political gold with the Yves Gcod'ioy affair. Ever since the case of Iho convicted wife slayer burst into the open, Progressive Conservative MP awl criminal lawyer has insisted there was a story behind the story. Mr. Woolliams lias constant- ly charged, in his position as shadow justice minister in the Oppo s i t i o n, thai the case smr.cks of either gross negli- gence or actual corruption. To Hie delight of Mr. Wool- liams and other opposition MPs, .Solicitor General .Icon-Pierre Goycr I'as nov.1 admitted that there was negligence involved in Geolfroy's unescorted release from St. Paul dc Vincent peni- tentiary intended to allow the life server to and consum- mate his marriage wilh his for- mer mistress. When Mr. Woolliams first started lo question Mr. Goyer in the House of Commons over the disappearance of Geoffroy, the solicitor general gave the impression that the Calgary MP was trying to make mountains out of molehills. GETS HEADLINES But last week it was Mr. Wool- liams who was grabbing the headlines and television spots i Geoffroy's leave of absence across (lie country and it was from prison and immediate dis- Mr. Goycr was talk- appearance oi-corred during the ed nhoiil as fighting for bis po- Christmas recess of Parliament, litical life. Then, Opposition Mi's were How did it iKipen? I burning because they were 11 happened obviously he- nicd their chance to question cause there was negligence in- volved in the i dense mid he- cause (lie government had hoped to hide certain facts and expect- ed the case to fade quickly from the public interest. Ami it hap- pened because Mr. Woolliams, a very able QC, is a formidable foe of the Liberals. 'flic wonder is thai I ha Lib- erals didn't see jnbt bow big Ihc story was going to become and that Mr. Goyer, instead of trying lo hide certain facts of the ease, didirt immediately lay (hem on the table Ihus de- molishing any suBEoslion of pos- sible corruption. The worst that could then be said would have been that Ibi'i'e had been negli- gence, something which M r. Gover has now Admitted. the government on the incident. Everyone that in the weeks before Parliament re- opened the issue v.oxdd become forgotten. They forgot one thing, the sudden appearance into the plot of one Raymond Denis, It turned out that Denis bad acted as Geoffroy's lawyer and had even officiated at the wed- ding. Denis, of course, is no strange ghost to the Liberals, A former cxecu'.ive assistant to two Liberal cabinet ministers, he figured prominently in a scandal Unit rocked Prime Min- ister Lester Pearson's admin- istration in the 1060s. Denis' own political career came to a sudden end when he was sen- tenced to two years in prison for attempting lo bribe a fed- eral lawyer not to oppose bail for narcotics trafficker l.ncien Ilivard. To the Progressive Conserva- tive Opposition, Denis' pan in the affair, however innccent. and Ihe fact that Mr. Goycr con- fessed he had kiwvn Geoffroy slightly years ago, gave them something they could chew on with relish. It also brought up for the first time tho spectre of possible corruption in the af- fair. TACKI.K GOVT. A number of PC MPs started to tackle the government on the affair, especially Mr. Woolliams who never hid his dis- like and contempt for the way some Liberal cabinet ministers handle Ihings. When Mr. Goycr made his re- port to Parliament on the mal- a.ui eomessed lhat an enor had been made in releasing Geoffroy, Mr. Woolliams imme- j diately demanded that a judi- 1 ciai inquiry he set up and that all involved, including the soli- citor geiKTal, be forced lo teslify before the inquiry, lie also demanded that Mr. Coyer resign. The solicitor genera! didn't think much of either idea. I It seemed an impasse; hud bccm reached. Then, Mr. AVooltiams asked Mr. Goyer if he table certain letters and pertaining to Geoffroy's release. The .solicitor general had quot- ed from Ihe documents in the House of Commons. Mr. Goycr replied lhat itj wcuid be "scandalous" to table such personal documents, in- chKlim; a Teller by Geoffroy himself, r.nd make them public knowledge. The Calgary MP immediate- ly jumped up and with a mas- terful .stroke of onc-up-man-ship pointed out that under p.irlin- mentary regulations Mr. Goyer was forced to table them since he had already quoted from them in the House. Speaker Lucien Lnmourcux lost no time in backing up -Mr. Wcylliyms argument by order- the solicitor genera) to take the "scandalous'1 action he had ji'sl refused to tio, The documents didn't really I reveal anything new. But they did substantiate what oppisi- lion critics bad been charging all along, that Geoffroy's for being allowed out of prison was based on false .statements and premises. Obviously, the es- cape had been in the couple's minds all along, Which was beyond any doubt External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp told the House of Commons fiial Geoffroy had obtained a pass- port while in prison and that his now wife, Carmen Pareiu, had obtained one a few months earlier, just about Ihe lime; Geoffroy first applied for per- mission to marry her. Mr. Wool- liams ocnlemled that Geof- froy had .obtained a passport even before the government con- firmed it. The passport, containing Geof- frey's real photograph, hut oth- erwise obtained through the use of forged documents, u-as mail- ed out lo murderer. HC.MP arc still trying lo find who pick- ed it for him and who ar- ranged the forgery. Whal Mr. Wrjoliiams and oth- er Opposition MPs want lo know now is just who actually auth- orized Geoffroy's release from custody, why a more thorough jm'c.'.lh.'aHon of his case for marriage wasn't car r i e d o-it, and just thorough is the search for the couple. Some MPs even feel dial the government, or at least certain persor.s in official would prefer that Geoffroy was i judicial inquiry into the affair. never found. For this reason, j He believes thai as more ami they ins'Ut that he musl be lo- more evidence builds (he catcd and brought back to Can- government will be hard press- ada. cd to refuse to hold an inquiry The only thing that will now i and either kill or confirm ru- satisfy Mr. Woolliams is a full mors of corruption. El, DON The Calgary Ml' Iiil political Cold wilh the Yves Geoffrey affair. Newkirk elected by eentres PINCHER CREEK (HNS) Roggie Newkirk. director of the Napi Friendship Association, has been named president of the Alberta Native Friendship Centres' Association. Other officers are: Cliff Pom- pon a, Edmonton friendship Centre; Allan Wolf Leg, Cal- gary Friendship Centre; and board members Col. Eric Cor- niack, past-president, Robert Ogle and Jim Ferguson. The primary concern of the association, it meets with the federal-provincial friend- ship centre committee, will be to secure adequate funds for I ha operation of centres in this province. At the annual meeting tho budget of each centre was The association un- aminously concluded the hud- gels represent a realistic, yet moderate presentation of needs. MUST CLOSE As predicted last year, the Lelnbridge Friendship Centre will have to close ils doors. The Alberta friendship cen- tres1 association held its an- nual meeting at Hed Deer. Fourteen delegates represent- ing Ilie seven friendship centres rnd associations met to discuss the needs of all Alberta's cen- tres. Elkford Lions ivin charter NATAL (HNS) newly- formed Glkford Lions Club was presented with its charier al social evening recently. The charter was presented lo president Gcery Instnip by Dis- trict Governor, John E. Elling- son, .Mr. Fai-aea introduced May- or ff. M. Keys of Elkford. Mr. Keys congratulated (he men who formed Ihc new Elkforc health centre rnd the proposec formation of an ambulance so- ciety. 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