Less than a week into his new job, Giuliano Zaccardelli lured Jean Chretien into a confrontation. Then he presented the PM with an offer he could not refuse
Paul Palango, National Post
Published: Friday, November 14, 2008
Newly appointed RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli refused to elaborate on the "sophisticated criminal organizations" he referred to in his inaugural Sept. 7, 2000 press conference. But many reporters knew what he was referring to: Project Sidewinder, the joint RCMP- CSIS investigation that had begun eight years earlier following discoveries of irregularities at the Canadian consulate in Hong Kong.
As investigators followed the trail, they became concerned about the apparent links between the Chinese government, Chinese criminal triads, and leading Canadian business leaders and politicians. There were leads that investigators were eager to pursue back to Canada, but the controversial on-and-off investigation had been wound up without charges years earlier in puzzling circumstances. Yet it would not die.