Perry has now spent 113 days in jail – for stepping up to the plate to protect children, and then daring to say he has lost faith in the justice system. This is the institutional response to allegations of childhood sexual abuse.
Hearings resume at 0930 hours (9:30 am ) this morning, Tuesday, 10 June 2008. Former Chief Claude Shaver will continue his testimony.
I got home late last evening. A lovely day – a very special graduation.
I checked for the transcripts and indeed they were posted – took a quick look through.. Several comments:
(1) Colin McKinnon
Colin McKinnon. Colin McKinnon. Colin McKinnon. There he is again – representing Shaver in 1993 to hammer out his, Shaver’s, ‘golden handshake’ when Shaver was on his way to an early retirement for reasons which are not yet entirely clear. It seems there is a possibility the David Silmser allegations may have played a role here somehow, also that there were some sort of personal allegations made against Shaver which he does not want publicized at this inquiry.
No matter, for now my interest is that whatever it was all about, Colin McKinnon was acting on Shaver’s behalf to negotiate a healthy golden handshake with the Cornwall Police Service board.
Who do you suppose was representing the the CPS Board in brokering a satisfactory financial exodus for the Chief?
Seriously! The same Colin McKinnon who, despite his serious conflict of interest, took the bench at the Leduc trial , was seemingly playing both ends to the middle in 1993 on Shaver’s behalf.
Imagine! McKinnon representing Shaver telling McKinnon representing the board what would be a satisfactory figure.
It’s tucked back in mind somewhere that it was a pretty good handshake. I must dig it up if I can, but seems to me it was in the order of $200,000 to $250,000. If that’s the case – job well done for the former Chief Colin McKinnon! Back in 1993 that would have been a tidy little sum. Whatever the figure it was obviously good enough to make Shaver happy. Job well done!
Seems conflict of interest was as far from McKinnon’s mind back in those days as it was in 2001 when he took the bench as the Project Truth sex abuse trial of lawyer and Church canon lawyer Jacques Leduc.
What I wonder did McKinnon ‘forget’ while brokering the golden handshake between himself and himself? (1) that he represented Shaver, (2) that he represented the Board, (3) and/or what, for a lawyer, constitutes a real or perceived conflict of interest?
I see that McKinnon also represented Joseph St. Denis in the midst of a Freedom of Information matter. I haven’t quite sorted out what that one was all about, and perhaps, no doubt in fact that’s all fair game for a lawyer who does police business, but I’m certainly wondering which Cornwallites McKinnon represented over the years? and for what? It’s becoming increasingly relevant.
Put McKinnon on the stand . The Cornwall Police Service has already waived its solicitor-client privilege. Let’s hear from the Project Truth sex abuse trial judge who told us he “forgot” that he helped the CPS charge Perry Dunlop under the Police Service Act, and he “forgot” that he had threatened Carson Chisholm with legal action on Shaver’s behalf .
(2) Chief Earl Landry Sr.’s protegee
Shaver was hired by Chief Earl Landry Sr. with the intent that Shaver would replace Landry as Chief.
The pair had known each other for years, back to the days when a young Claude Shaver accompanied his father to Optimist Club events. Landry was a member of the Optimist Club, as was Shaver’s father. Landry Sr. and Shaver’s father were good friends.
Claude Shaver was older than the Landry Sr. children.
According to Shaver, the Optimist Club was committed to working with children.
Claude Shaver was born in Montreal Quebec in 1942. When he was about five-years-old his family moved to Cornwall. He was an altar boy at St. Columban’s Church.
At age 20 he joined the RCMP. He took the equivalent of his basic training on Ottawa, Ontario. He spent close to five years in Saskatchewan (early 1963 to April 1967) serving in Lumsden, Regina, Avonlea, Fort Qu’Appelle.
In 1967 he was transferred to Montreal Quebec.
After Shaver became Chief he hired Joseph St. Denis as his deputy.
St. Denis was trained in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1963. According to Shaver he met St. Denis in Montreal
I knew him; I knew him by first name. The — that would be it. I did not – we weren’t — we weren’t — we didn’t socialize. We weren’t – – we weren’t friends. He had friends in the Drug section and I lived in Montréal at one point with a guy who was working in Drugs and they were very close friends; he and Joe were very close friends.
I have to call it a day. Tired now 🙂 I’ll be able to watch tomorrow from start to finish and get more of a feel for Shaver’s testimony. I find he looks and sounds nervous, but I’ve never seen the man before in my life so don’t really know if that could just be him at the best of times. Still, I’m surprised at the man’s nervous attempts at humour and verbosity. We’ll see what today brings when we hopefully get away from all these accounts of who was bickering with whom where, and who was stabbing who in the back when. Shaver’s testimony makes the Cornwall Police Service Board and upper echelons at CPS sound worse than a bunch of overgrown kids. I’ve never heard of so mcuh bickering and fighting at a workplace. On and on and on. Perhaps today we’ll get away from that today and get down to some real nuts and bolts about sex abuse in Cornwall and Shaver’s social circles, vacation time, and friendships.
Enough for now,