Paul Desmarais’ Web of Influence Over Canada
Desmarais reputed to have huge influence on current and past Prime Ministers
LifeSite Special Report – Friday May 2, 2003
LIFESITE, May 2, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For many years, astute political observers have noted what appears to be an unusually powerful web of influence over Canadian federal politics by wealthy Canadian businessman and Power Corporation founder, Paul Desmarais senior. The number of Prime Ministers and other elected and influential Canadians financially beholden to the Quebec based Canadian nationalist is astonishing.
In an Ottawa Citizen article of May 2, 1995 columnist Paul Gessell asked “Why does Desmarais have a direct pipeline into every Prime Minister’s office, regardless of who occupies that post or what party is in power?” Following is LifeSite’s summary of the most significant elements of the Desmarais web of influence.
Paul Desmarais, Jr. Canadian businessman in his hometown of Montreal.
He is the eldest son of Paul Desmarais, Sr. Currently he is the chairman and co-chief executive officer of Power Corporation of Canada.
Desmarais also sits on the board of directors of Suez, a multinational corporation that is a world leader in the water utilities sector and is a member of the Bilderberg Group.
Suez S.A. was a leading French-based multinational corporation headquartered in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, with operations primarily in water, electricity and natural gas supply, and waste management.
Suez was result of a 1997 merger between the Compagnie de Suez and Eau Lyonnaise des x, a leading French water company. In the early 2000s Suez also owned some media and telecommunications assets, but has since divested these.
According to the Masons Water Yearbook 2004/5, Suez served 117.4 million people around the world. The company conducted a merger of equals with fellow utility company Gaz de France on 22 July 2008 to form GDF Suez. The water and waste assets of Suez were spun off into a separate publicly traded company, Suez Environnement.
And just because I found this recently, not saying it has anything to do with the above…