Oliphant should explore psychopathy in Mulroney-Schreiber inquiry

A former prime minister has acknowledged that he accepted $225,000 in cash from a lobbyist  and didn't declare it as income for several years.

The lobbyist, who is wanted in Germany on fraud charges, claimed that  he gave the former prime minister $300,000—with the first installment coming while the former PM was a sitting MP.

Their stories don't match.

Of course, I'm talking about Brian Mulroney's dealings with Karlheinz Schreiber.

Today (April 14), Justice Jeffrey Oliphant began holding hearings in an inquiry to get to the bottom of this.

I've been interviewing politicians and business people  for about 20 years, and every once in a while, I have encountered one who seems to meet the criteria for being a psychopath.

According to experts in the field, psychopathy is a discrete disorder marked by excessive grandiosity, callousness, and manipulative behaviour. Psychopaths are often charming characters, but underneath lurks a ruthlessness  entirely driven by self-interest. They're terrific liars. They're also extremely emotionally shallow.

They don't see the humanity in others. Rather, they look upon other people as little more than insects. If you get in their way, they have no remorse about stepping all over you.

I don't know Schreiber or Mulroney personally, so I'm in no position to say whether one or the other is psychopathic. But their stories are so wildly different that I'm left wondering whether they should both be  scrutinized by someone who is a leading authority in this area.

If Mulroney has been victimized by a psychopath and this were to be revealed at this inquiry, it would clear his name once and for all.

It would provide the public greater insights into the havoc that psychopaths can create for even the most powerful members of our society.

If, on the other hand, the inquiry concluded that Mulroney is psychopathic, it would have the potential to change the way Canadians look at politicians from that point forward. A red flag would go up anytime any politician came forward with an excess of charisma.

Do Oliphant and his commission counsel, Richard Wolson, have the courage to try to probe into psychopathy? Let's hope they do—for the sake of the public and possibly  for the benefit of one of the two people at the centre of this mess.

Comments

3 Comments

stu

Apr 14, 2009 at 12:43pm

Another reason all politicians should have to undergo a psych TEST to ensure they are not mentally sick... like so many obviously are!

TexMex burger

Apr 14, 2009 at 10:18pm

I feel that both Mulroney and Schreiber display various degrees of psycopathy, but as Mulroney was a much more public figure there is plenty of tertiary evidence in the form of video footage during question period in the House of Commons.
Just before Mulroney was about to utter an untruth he would smile :)

Brent Gibson

Apr 16, 2009 at 4:24pm

C'mon Charley - even if BM the PM were found to be off the scale in sociopathy it wouldn't stop us from falling for the biggest smile/whitest teeth or whatever other blarney too many of your media colleagues are happy to trumpet - as for the Test suggestion - sure - how long would it be before voters had to be walking the straight and narrow to be eligible?