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Thursday, May 14, 2009

GOSH: Dolly McRooney accepts money to create Canadian wine label; instead, creates CIC product.

OTTAWA – (GOSH Wine News Services) – In a stunning disclosure today, Dolly McRooney teared up when she confessed to a House of Commons sub-committee (also known as the Elephant in the House Inquiry) that she took $225 to help create a Cellared In Canada wine for the Canadian public to consume.


She was responding to allegations that she had actually received $300.


"I deny that I received more than $225. I've since used that money to help support my needy family."


Top wine investigative reporter Brett Grimsby has been on the scene for days now, and he files this story based on several interviews with Miffed Mole, the collective name for our sources who are familiar with the situation, and who spoke to him on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details while they were very close to the centre of discussions and while the matter under consideration had not yet been finalized nor announced to the public. While the decisions may or may not have been finalized internally, and while an announcement on the matter may or may not be imminent, possibly within the next week or two, that specific timeline is not really known.


Apparently, Mole says, Dolly was supposed to create a Canadian wine, but was unable to secure the necessary volumes -- apparently it was all tied up in Olympic stocks. The best she could do was 30% Canadian content, with 70% imported wines added, and for that job she claimed $225 on her taxes for her efforts. A fully Canadian wine would be 100%, and that would be the $300 figure. For the innumerate, $225 is about 70% of $300, and that was all she was eligible to obtain for lobbying – if she had been correct all along. The source said that while she was paid $300, she claimed to be entitled to $225, and never did return the balance to the winery. She also lost her bottle deposits.


The disputed figures came about because she managed to reverse the proportions of sourced-wines required, a not uncommon mistake. Her accountant, KH Schreibery, guided her in this lobby process and with the mathematical calculations. He has since been recalled to Germany.


Dolly McRooney was instrumental in creating the CIC wine label "Nanny's Night Off", meant especially for those economically-depressed workers looking for a little buzz in their lives when they get off work at 11:30 PM each day, er, night, of the week.


Dolly McRooney had hotel-lobbied intensely for a supply of Asiatic grape wines, proclaiming that she was serving a market that would consume wines that they were familiar with. The 30% Canadian content reflects both the legal requirements for such a wine to be marketed in Canada, and the going declared pay-rate for economically-depressed workers who end their shifts at 11:30 PM.


More on this story as it develops…Stay buzzed..



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