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Nazim Gillani tells his side of Jaffer tale Add to ...

4:16 [Comment From Marlene: ]Gillani has just admitted that he did not know about the Lobbying Act or the Federal Accountability Act - he was not practicing due diligence Wednesday April 28, 2010 4:16 Marlene

4:17 : JT: lib Mp Alexandra Mendes now questioning -- we all have a little trouble understanding that Jaffer and GPG had nothing to gain -- what manner of compensation would have been awarded if Jaffer and his parner Patrick glemaud were successful

4:18 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: As far as Green Rite is concerned, Mr. Wright doesn't acknowledge any lobbying. I thought we had a finder's fee agreement completed with Green Rite. But now I understand we don't even have that. I'd suggest to you that if Mr. Wright got anything out of the govt, he wouldn't pay me. I'll provide you the correspondence.

4:19 : JT: Mendes: ypu said brought Mr. Jaffer together with principal of another company -- Phillip Rowe (sp??)

4:19 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: Wow, I don't even remember that. This is in my correspondence? Where are you seeing this? He may have come to the luncheon at Castille. I can check and get back to you.

4:19 [Comment From Justin Morin-Carpentier Justin Morin-Carpentier: ]I'm present in the room, and Gillani is really telling a good story Wednesday April 28, 2010 4:19 Justin Morin-Carpentier

4:19 : JT: siobhan Coady back on -- asking why Jaffer requested contract and more on the RLP proposal

4:20 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: We started to talk with VCs about the gov'ts requirements.

4:21 : JT: Coady: looking at time line -- famous memo of Sept. 11 -- shed more light on your meeting and enthusiasm

4:21 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: Personable guy. Well spoken. Chen had an instant connection with him. Socially, they got along great. They spoke a lot that evening. Dr. Chen was impressed.

4:22 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: Yeah, it means I read it in an article by Kevin Donovan (in the Toronto Star).

4:22 : Jt: Richard Nadeau bLoc MP -- asking about escorts and whether he owns an escort agency

4:23 : JT: Nadeau -- did you know about cachet Ladies? do you know owners of that agency? and what about issue of fraud in BC?

Jill Mahoney: Gillani: No, I don't know the owners of the escort agency.

4:23 : JT: Nadeau: Do you have any financial problems in BC?

4:23 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: I can't answer for my partners. Mr. Chair, I don't see the relevance of this line of questioning.

4:24 : JT: Chair -- trying to ensure the relevant issues are adhered to

4:24 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: I've been advised by counsel that you would be adhering to that, that members would not ask me about court matters.

4:24 [Comment From Mimi Wlliams: ]He seemed honest and forthwright until asked about Cachet Ladies.

4:25 : JT: Nadeau: so you've told us issues before the courts with your business -- are you a banker to Hell's Angels? have you ever had any relationship with Hel's Angels?

4:25 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: I thought I addressed that in my opening statement. I have never said that. No relationship.

4:26 : JT: guimond --Bloc MP: reading from email -- after dinner Jaffer is enthusiastic and wants to be part of team? what do you mean by commitment? what exactly did you mean? -- open the doors to PMO?

4:27 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: To this new partnership. That's what it meant. I've said the statement was an over-enthusiastic statement, but I said it. It's my fault. my words. If anyone should be punished, it's me.

4:27 : JT: Guimond - you talked about an "earth moving experience" -- surely Mr. Jaffer must have said that

4:28 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: You're reading into it what an earth-moving experience means.

4:28 [Comment From mick: ]ignorance of the law is not a defense. The onus lies with him to ensure he is aware of the legislation pertaing to his business dealings. Wednesday April 28, 2010 4:28 mick

4:30 : Jt: Rod Bruinooge, Tory MP -- wants to talk about Acct Act and as a businessman not realizing about lobbying laws etc. you seem not to be aware of these details -- Bruinooge giving him a lesson or lecture in Libs and others who were involved in sponsorship; tories taking a few shots at Libs -- did you get any dollars from Mr. Jaffer?

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