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  CANOE -- Toronto Sun: - Was Chuck a scape-Guite?
Today, Guite is discovering a whole new world of rules behind bars after a Montreal jury convicted him on five counts of fraud, a verdict expected to give the 62-year-old something like three to five years in prison when he is sentenced tomorrow.
Guite's conviction adds another spectacular chapter to the career of the man AdScam commissioner Justice John Gomery called a "likeable scamp," a power-happy bureaucrat once asked to take the honor salute at the RCMP musical ride after helping the Mounties to funnel over $300,000 of their own sponsorship money through a private account.
Second, Guite is only the third person charged and convicted in connection with the sponsorship scandal, a far-reaching tangle of corruption, kickbacks and fraud involving $350 million of public funds, thousands of federal contracts, and dozens of other players.
www.torontosun.com /News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2006/06/08/pf-1620098.html   (660 words)

 CANOE -- Edmonton Sun: - Guite guilty on fraud charges
Chuck Guite reads on a bench outside the courthouse before being called back to the Palais de Justice to hear his jury verdict in Montreal on Tuesday.
Guite argued during the trial that all of the contracts were handed out in good faith and that his Public Works department was overworked in the wake of the 1995 sovereignty referendum.
Guite and Brault were charged in 2004 with the five counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy.
www.edmontonsun.com /News/Canada/2006/06/06/pf-1617534.html   (338 words)

Guite, who ran the federal sponsorship program in the late 1990s, was sentenced in June to three-half years in prison for defrauding the federal government of approximately $1.5 million.
Guite must turn in his passport, remain at his Ottawa apartment and not have any contact with former ad man Jean Brault, who is serving jail time after pleading guilty to similar fraud charges.
Guite was found guilty of five counts of fraud during the time he was a senior bureaucrat in the Public Works Department.
www.940news.com /nouvelles.php?cat=23&id=70753   (582 words)

 www.AntiCorruption.ca   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Guite’s responsibilities were “expanded to include not only the selection of advertising agencies, but also the negotiation and award of contracts to selected agencies”.
Guite then complained to the PMO and subsequently reported directly to Jean Pelletier, then Chief of Staff to Jean Chretien, a practice he maintained for the duration of Marleau’s tenure.
Guite made the decisions in terms of sponsorship approval, he “in turn received his instructions, in the vast majority of cases, from Minister Gagliano himself or from his office.” She said that the owners of the ad agencies Groupe Everest, Groupaction, Gosselin, Compass and Lafleur attended private monthly meetings in Guite’s office.
www.anticorruption.ca /players-guite.html   (815 words)

 CRIME-Guite-Lawyer, 1st Writethru Bgt   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Guite's jury will continue deliberating Friday on whether the former head of the federal sponsorship program is guilty of fraud for granting $2 million in contracts to Groupaction Marketing Inc. for little or no work.
Guite chose to defend himself earlier this spring, tearfully telling the judge he had spent his life savings and couldn't afford the $200,000 retainer required to hire another lawyer after spending $130,000 to be represented last year at the Gomery inquiry.
Guite, 62, cracked self-deprecating jokes about his lack of legal knowledge and kept an agreeable ruddy-cheeked air for the jury, even when some of the evidence about his bureaucratic strong-arm tactics was less than flattering.
www.recorder.ca /cp/National/060601/n060179A.html   (720 words)

 Taxpayers See Three Bandits at Public Trough
Guité was a public servant when $250-million of tax money was misspent without proper oversight and paid out to Liberal-friendly advertising firms for little or no work.
Guité’s legal bill, Commissioner Gomery was careful to note Guité will need to fend for himself against the six fraud-related charges the RCMP laid against him in May. Taxpayers might, finally, get their day in court.
Guité is believed by many to be the Adscam’s linchpin, but he has yet to be found guilty.
www.canadafreepress.com /2004/business072704.htm   (640 words)

 The Hill Times - Newspaper Online.
Guité on the discrepancies in his testimony before Parliament, are considering an appeal to the Federal Court.
Guité made a number of statements about the involvement of his political bosses ­ such as former Public Works minister Alfonso Gagliano and Jean Pelletier, one-time chief of staff to former prime minister Jean Chrétien ­ which he's since contradicted before the inquiry.
Guité had been given a written assurance that his testimony before the Public Accounts Committee would be covered by privilege and could therefore not be used in any court of law or any other proceeding.
www.hilltimes.com /html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2004/november/15/privilege/&c=1   (1560 words)

 Politics Watch - Canada's Political Portal
Chuck Guite, the former executive director of the sponsorship program, is confronted by a network camera crew while vacationing in Arizona in March.
Guite's personnel file from his time in the senior levels of Public Works department shows he repeatedly received positive performance reviews from his superiors and moved up the ladder at a rapid pace, including directing the now controversial sponsorship program from 1997 to 1999.
Guite possesses the leadership skills required to ensure that his branch meets its objectives and requirements.
www.politicswatch.com /guite-sept23-2004.htm   (741 words)

 www.AntiCorruption.ca   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Guite and it was generally evasive as he offered some “hazy recollections” of his time as minister.
Guite, on the other hand, insisted they met and that “it was a moment he [would] never forget”.
It was then, as noted abaove, that Guite spoke to the PMO and began reporting directly to Jean Pelletier the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, a reporting route even further outside the chain of command since it by-passed his own minister.
www.anticorruption.ca /players-dingwall.html   (691 words)

 Sponsorship-Guite,   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Though former bureaucrat Chuck Guite is Quebec-born and has lived for years in Ottawa, he likes to affect a western look, complete with trademark Stetson.
Guite, who ran the sponsorship program in its formative years, is back for another bow in the public spotlight.
Guite has been charged with six counts of fraud and conspiracy related to an alleged scheme with Brault linked to federal gun registry contracts.
www.cp.org /premium/Online/Member/National/050427/n0427121A.html   (628 words)

 CANOE -- Edmonton Sun: - EDITORIAL: Guilty Chuck Guite
Yes, Chuck Guite is as guilty as sin.
Guite maintained throughout the trial that he was only following orders, and claimed that the end justified the means when he had a country to save from break-up following the squeaker 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum.
But Guite was never able to connect the dots sufficiently - despite evidence that the program was being directed out of the Prime Minister's Office - to fully implicate his political masters.
www.edmontonsun.com /Comment/Commentary/2006/06/08/pf-1620164.html   (443 words)

 Sun Ottawa Bureau Columnist: Greg Weston - The day of long noses
Guite was somewhat at a loss, however, to explain why two subsequent independent audits supported Cutler's complaints.
Guite said yesterday he had a number of encounters with Dingwall, the most memorable just after the Liberals took office from his previous Tory bosses in 1993.
Guite even laughed at testimony from RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli that a single phone call to the sponsorship boss got the federal force six new horses at a cost of $107,000.
www.canoe.ca /NewsStand/Columnists/Ottawa/Greg_Weston/2004/04/23/pf-432650.html   (625 words)

 andrewcoyne.com: Waiting for Guité
As we wait for Chuck Guité's testimony to be unsealed, savour at your leisure the complete text of his 2002 appearance before the Public Accounts Committee.
Guité, of the 1999 change to the Access to Information Act, the amendment that made it an offence to, under 67.1(1)(c), "no person shall, with intent to deny right of access under this act, conceal a record." Were you aware of that?
Charles Guité: No. The way I read the act, and understand the act, is that if you ask for a file through Access to Information, and I, personally, take documents out and destroy, then I'm subject to be guilty of an offence under the Access to Information Act.
andrewcoyne.com /2005/05/waiting-for-guit.php   (380 words)

 Guité sentenced to 3½ years in prison
Chuck Guité, the former civil servant who ran the federal sponsorship program, was sentenced Monday to 3½ years in prison for his conviction on fraud charges.
Guité, 62, was convicted on June 6 of defrauding Ottawa of $1.5 million in his handling of five government contracts.
Chuck Guité, shown on June 6, 2006, will likely serve about one-sixth of the sentence and be out by the end of the year.
www.cbc.ca /canada/story/2006/06/19/guite-sentence.html   (1418 words)

 CTV.ca | Chuck Guite
Nor is Guite an easy figure to get to know, even second-hand: Ran Quail, the now-retired deputy minister of public works and Guite's former supervisor, said, "no, no thank you" when asked by CTV.ca if he had a few minutes to talk about him.
Guite went after a CTV cameraman while on vacation in Arizona this winter, throwing the TV camera to the ground when approached for an interview.
Guite told Marleau on her first day on the job that he would be reporting directly to her.
www.ctv.ca /servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1082593081494_11/?hub=TopStories   (1190 words)

 Canada National News - The Brooks Bulletin
Guite, who ran the federal sponsorship program in the late 1990s, was sentenced in June to three-half years in prison for defrauding the federal government of approximately $1.5 million.
Guite must turn in his passport, remain at his Ottawa apartment and not have any contact with former ad man Jean Brault, who is serving jail time after pleading guilty to similar fraud charges.
Guite's lawyer Lucie Joncas said Guite was relieved when she informed him that he was being released.
www.brooksbulletin.com /news/national_news.asp?itemid=50639   (648 words)

 Chuck's warm blanket of denial
Guite spent hours yesterday steadfastly denying there was any political interference during his years as one of the senior public servants running the government's advertising activities.
Guite recalled that, once the Liberals were elected in 1993, his new boss, public works minister David Dingwall, questioned him on how the program worked under the Mulroney Conservatives, information the bureaucrat refused to divulge.
Guite's testimony yesterday was remarkably consistent with that of Chretien's former chief of staff, Jean Pelletier, and Gagliano, save for the discrepancy between them in the number of times they met (Gagliano said once or twice a year; Guite said once a month).
www.polyscopique.com /archives/NationalPost/20040423guite.html   (958 words)

 Guite cross-examines government witness
Chuck Guité arrives in court last Friday in Montreal for the beginning of his trial in the sponsorship scandal.
Guite, who had the authority to hand out $20 million of taxpayers' money, doubled the amount of one contract to ad agency Groupaction in 1996.
Guite, 62, is defending himself on two counts of fraud in connection with gun registry contracts worth $480,000 and another three counts of fraud for contracts awarded under the sponsorship program.
www.canada.com /topics/news/politics/story.html?id=2b98e877-75c9-4c8f-999d-333088bf8358&k=4813   (420 words)

 Daimnation!: Martin in the middle
Guite testified that back in 2000, he was told that then-finance minister Paul Martin had intervened to ensure a Liberal-friendly ad firm wouldn't lose its lucrative contracts with the federal sponsorship program.
Guite had already left the civil service by then, and was lobbying the government on behalf of the Toronto-based advertising agency Vickers and Benson Ltd.
Guite also claimed ad contracts were routinely handed out to reward ad agencies that did election work for the Liberals.
www.damianpenny.com /archived/004279.html   (403 words)

 The Epoch Times | Guite Found Guilty of Defrauding Canada Govt
The judge told Chuck Guite, who was found guilty of five counts of defrauding the federal government, that he was facing a jail sentence.
Guite was found to have approved five bogus contracts worth a total of C$1.6 million.
Guite told the trial that he and his small team of civil servants had been overworked and that all the contracts had been issued in good faith.
www.theepochtimes.com /news/6-6-6/42413.html   (259 words)

 Lost taxpayers' millions need accounting for
Now the members of Her Majesty's Opposition are clamouring for Chuck Guite to come to answer their questions in the public accounts committee looking into the Adscam mess.
Speaker, in November 1996, external auditors concluded that Chuck Guite and his group had broken all the rules for awarding advertising agency contracts and that, consequently, they should be discharged from their duties.
Charles (Chuck) Guite was suddenly put in charge and he let it be known that he reported directly to the minister.
www.primetimecrime.com /columns/Columns%202004/20040317.htm   (801 words)

 Anglo In Quebec » Blog Archive » Chuck Guite isn’t special   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chuck Guite, sponsorship scandal boss, has been told to find a realtor to sell his property in the US.
Guite asked for an open ended visit to the U.S. to sell family property but Justice Lise Cote of the Quebec Court of Appeal denied his request.
Guite was released from prison pending the appeal of his conviction for fraud.
www.angloinquebec.ca /69/quebec-politics/chuck-guite-isnt-special   (128 words)

 CRIME-Guite   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chuck Guite, the man who ran the federal sponsorship program between 1997 and 1999, arrives at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday, in Montreal to hear the judge's final instructions to the jury.
They will have to decide whether Guite, who headed the sponsorship program in the 1990s, is guilty or innocent on five charges of defrauding the federal government of about $1.5 million.
Guite said the contracts were issued in good faith.
www.recorder.ca /cp/National/060531/n053113A.html   (145 words)

 Hamilton Spectator - News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Guite, 62, who was released from prison July 7 pending the appeal of his conviction for sponsorship fraud, said he needs to fix and sell the mobile home owned by his wife.
She allowed Guite to leave Canada for one week beginning Aug. 15, and for another seven days at a later date to finalize the sale.
In a related ruling, Cote ordered that Guite's request to appeal his 42-month sentence be put over until the appeal of his conviction is heard by a three-judge panel, possibly in January.
www.hamiltonspectator.com /NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1153950612642&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112101662670   (944 words)

 BlogsCanada: E-Group - Pandora's Box
Given the eagerness of the media to lead with "Guité details intervention by Martin", it's safe to say Paul Martin is having some regrets over the one time he's acted decisively during his time as Prime Minister.
Plus, it contradicts Guite's claims that there was no political direction last year and marks the third different story he has told about the scandal.
Guite is speculating and I want to state categorically that I did not have this conversation with Mr.
www.blogscanada.ca /egroup/PermaLink.aspx?guid=a5e63fb9-a970-479f-8f78-b052ca5eaa9b   (631 words)

 Chuck Guité
Chuck Guité: Encyclopedia II - Jean Chrétien - The Early Stages of His Life
While people such as Gagliano, Chuck Guité and Jacques Corriveau took advantage of the programme, Gomery observed that such abuses would not have been possible had Chrétien not set the programme up without safeguards in the first place.
Chuck Guité: Encyclopedia II - Sponsorship scandal - The scandal
www.experiencefestival.com /chuck_guit   (2459 words)

 CRIME-Guite   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Guite is on trial on five counts of fraud for his handling of $2.1 million in promotional contracts that were sent to Groupaction Marketing Inc. between 1996 and 2000.
Much of the prosecution's case has exposed shortcuts Guite took to hand out contracts, and the fact very little work was done as a result.
In the months before Guite was charged and as the sponsorship scandal exploded into the headlines, Parent recalled a conversation Guite had with some former employees.
www.recorder.ca /cp/National/060519/n051947A.html   (292 words)

 Winnipeg Sun Columnist: Tom Brodbeck - Chuck Guite: Constantly contradicting
Chuck Guite, who headed the $250-million sponsorship program, testified in front of the Gomery Commission this past week.
Guite also told the commission that his political masters and all federal government departments were "100%" aware that he wasn't following the rules.
Because the Chuck Guites of the sponsorship world, so far, have been useless in trying to get to the bottom of this scandal.
www.canoe.ca /NewsStand/Columnists/Winnipeg/Tom_Brodbeck/2004/11/07/pf-703833.html   (706 words)

 Macleans.ca | Top Stories | Politics | Chuck Guité's Strong Stand   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chuck Guité, the former bureaucrat who ran the federal government's now-notorious sponsorship program, was the last of the star witnesses the House public accounts committee was waiting to question in its hearings into the controversy.
Guité displayed a much surer grasp of the fine points of federal contracting policy than the MPs trying to catch him out.
Guité did come with a complaint about political interference, but it had nothing to do with Fraser's report.
www.macleans.ca /topstories/politics/article.jsp?content=20040503_79668_79668   (501 words)

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