“… it appears they [the Harper government] are using favoured media sources to try to damage the office’s [the Auditor-General’s office] credibility in advance of what are expected to be highly critical reports,” says Mario Lague in the memo, which was written Monday, and e-mailed to The Globe and Mail from an anonymous source.I want these guys gone and I want an election now.
Auditor-General Sheila Fraser, one of the most respected bureaucrats in Ottawa, is to release several reports soon, which the Lague memo says “will likely cast the government in a bad light.” These reports include of the infrastructure stimulus spending, the $1.3-billion on G8/G20 security “because of Stephen Harper’s terrible last-minute decision to hold the G8/G20 meetings in two places [Huntsville and Toronto],” Mr. Lague wrote.
He also notes that the Auditor-General is to look at the government’s “failure to tender what will ultimately be a $16-billion contract for F-35 jet fighters without any public discussion.” “As an independent officer of Parliament, the Auditor-General is one of the few public servants that the Conservatives cannot fire or directly pressure, something they normally do when they don’t like the facts brought forward,” Mr. Lague wrote. “So it appears they are using favoured media sources to try to damage the office’s credibility in advance of what are expected to be highly critical reports.”
Monday, August 9, 2010
Harper Tries to Shoot the Messenger ... Again!
With the help of his Fox News North cohort, Kory Teneycke, Harper is trying to discredit Sheila Fraser just before she releases her reports which will no doubt reveal just how incompetent his government really is. Like we need a report for that.