Beyond the investigation into how Canadian Forces oversaw the transfer and treatment of detainees in the Afghanistan war, there are three other important government accountability situations not mentioned in any media coverage so far that the federal Conservatives are avoiding through the arbitrary proroguing of Parliament by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, all of which would likely have been reported on in February.
First, the ethics commissioner is investigating and will rule on whether the handing out of Conservative party-labelled government spending cheques by several cabinet ministers and MPs was legal under federal ethics rules.
Second, the ethics commissioner, the commissioner of lobbying and Elections Canada are investigating and will rule on fundraising events by a Conservative cabinet minister and parliamentary secretary that involved lobbyists and that raise serious questions about violations of the ethics rules.
And third, the auditor general would likely release a report or two on government spending practices by various departments and agencies ....
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Harper's Proroguing Was About More Than War Crimes
Most Canadians believe that Harper's move to become supreme ruler was to avoid possible war crimes, and investigations into his complicity in them; but Duff Conacher from Democracy Watch, suggests that there are several other reasons, all dealing with cover-up.