Having worked hard to accumulate tens of millions of dollars as head of the McGill University Health Centre, Arthur Porter understandably has done all he can to resist arrest and extradition back to Canada for having stolen it via kickbacks.

First Porter said he was deathly ill, but this apparently was a lie.

Then he said he was a plenipotentiary ambassador from Sierra Leone. Plenipotentiary is the highest rank available – head of mission, full authority to represent a government – but this also is a lie.

The two claims are impressive when you put them together – on oxygen, about to die of late-stage lung cancer, and at the same time representing Sierra Leone at the highest levels. The man deserves a medal from Sierra Leone, or from the United Nations. But again, unfortunately, he is making it up.

Having exhausted those two efforts to free himself from arrest and extradition, Porter will be interesting to watch at his trial. What lies will he take up there, by way of his defense?

UD will predict that he will move from lies about his physical health to lies about his mental health. He will claim temporary insanity. Oh, and three other men have been arrested for the same scheme. Porter will certainly blame all of them, and say they duped him into involvement. I don’t think Canada televises trials, but if it did, this would be, as I say, one to watch.


Adding insult to injury, McGill University has announced it is

cancelling plans to pave an “Arthur T. Porter Way” onto the hospital property.

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2 Responses to “One’s heart goes out to this man.”

  1. janet gool Says:

    Hello Margaret!
    If this plot involved three other people, and if he is mentally ill, that would be a folie a quatre.
    Does that appear in the DSM V?

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Janet: Update: FOUR other people are named. Folie a cinq.

    As for the DSM, all folies are covered in their famous “and any other similar behaviors” language.

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