The Fifth Estate first broadcast this documentary on October 31, 2007, about Brian Mulroney’s attempt in the late 1990s to conceal a questionable financial relationship with a businessman and lobbyist named Karlheinz Schreiber. The story quickly went from the status of historical controversy to the hottest political challenge the Harper government had faced since taking office. Within two weeks, Stephen Harper shocked everyone with an announcement: he was calling a public inquiry. But it’s a story The Fifth Estate first tackled more than a dozen years ago, when rumors surfaced about a shadowy German-born wheeler-dealer and his unusual influence among people close to the Mulroney government. It has evolved since then into a Shakespearean tale of ego, money and ambition: the elements that fuelled a political firestorm that threatened to consume the two men caught in the middle of it and the government trying to control it. This documentary updates the story that started it all.