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

3:33 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: Until April 8, I was a low-profile, medium-sized venture capitalist and financier. I have been in this business for 23 years. I would like to state that I am a visible minority. I have seen no sign of prejudice or racism from this Committee, or anyone else in regard to the matter before this Committee.The Toronto Star published an article by Kevin Donovan full of unsubstantiated distortions and innuendo, attacking my character.

3:33 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: That article referred to Mr. Jaffer and Mr. Glémaud, in ways that distorted our business and personal relationships. Subsequent to the article published April 8, other media piled on the bandwagon, spreading inaccuracies and innuendo. On Saturday, April 10, 2010, yet another unsubstantiated article in The Toronto Star said that I boasted about being a banker to a biker gang. I said no such thing. I have provided the Committee with a timeline to help you follow what happened, from my perspective.

3:33 : JT:Mr. Gillani -- visible minority and he says right off top he has seen no sign of racism by this committee -- shot at patrick Glemaud who last week criticized the committee for what he thought was bigotry. he is outlining his timeline.

3:34 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: On Sunday, April 11, 2010, I put out a Statement on Canada News Wire which read: "I urge all interested media following my story to carefully examine the reporting, sources/attribution, and fact-checking of Mr. Donovan's articles instead of merely copying and accepting them at face value."

3:34 Jill Mahoney: That Toronto Star article of April 8 unleashed a media storm. The swirling tornado of accusations has turned my life into complete mayhem. I am here today to answer questions in regard to my involvement with Rahim Jaffer, Patrick Glémaud, and Green Power Generation-GPG for short. We first met in August of 2009 and I have met Mr. Jaffer on 6 other occasions since then.

3:35 Jill Mahoney: I have provided you in advance with relevant documents which I believe you have.

The services offered by GPG listed on both the GPG website and Mr. Jaffer's personal website, were what my company, ISI, was interested in. GPG formalized the provision of those services in a contract with my company.

On page 2 of that contract, which was revised by Mr. Glémaud, dated September 21, 2009, it states that:

"The Consultant warrants and represents that it is in ongoing dialogue with, and has valuable connections to and with, the government of Canada and various departments, ministries, and wholly or partially owned entities thereof, all for purposes of providing participatory and non participatory government funding (and other incentives) as well as ongoing support for various prospective private sector projects, ventures and initiatives.

3:35 : JT: He says he has met Mr. Jaffer "six" times. Mr. jaffer suggested last week that he didn't really pursue his relationship with Mr. Gillani as there were no "synergies".

3:36 Jill Mahoney:

I would like to draw your attention to that September 21st, 2009 date:

- that was after my initial meeting with Mr. Jaffer at La Castille Restaurant;

- it was after my Harbour 60 Steakhouse dinner;

- it was after Mr. Jaffer's arrest by the OPP; and

- it was after the social dinner with Mr. Jaffer and his wife, then Minister Helena Guergis.

3:36 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: This date should be compared to testimony last week, when the principals of GPG said there were no "synergies" with ISI and ended their relationship with me. Now, it has been noted by many that trying to get access to both funding and government services in Ottawa is a labyrinth task. I was under the impression that Mr. Jaffer and Mr. Glémaud knew what they were doing with regard to government funding access-there was never any underhanded or with "undue influence" plan.

3:36 : JT: Talking about access -- says he wqas under impression that Mr. Jaffer knew how to "negotiate the government maze"

3:36 Jill Mahoney: Gillani: Simply, they said they knew how to negotiate the government maze. However, they never obtained any grant money for any company referred by ISI. ISI never paid any money or gave any compensation to them or their company. Further, Mr. Jaffer and I were to travel to China together on April 13, 2010. Yet Mr. Jaffer seemed to state to this Committee last week that he ended our relationship months ago. This was untrue.

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