The Conservative riding association in question, Bourassa in Montreal, had hosted one of two large fundraisers featuring Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Quebec lieutenant, Christian Paradis. It raised about $15,000 at the time of a single fundraising event in January 2009, with contributions from some local and out-of-town construction industry entrepreneurs, including the vice-president from a Toronto-area firm that did roofing work on Parliament Hill.Clever huh? Politicians by day and crooks by night. Or "fly by night", I guess.
But Elections Canada has announced the Montreal-area association would be deregistered by the end of October for failure to meet its financial reporting requirements. “In fact, it seems to have only been used to collect donations from entrepreneurs who received government contracts,” said Diane Bourgeois, the Bloc’s public works critic, in the Commons. “The Conservatives opened a phoney association, cashed in $35,000 collected in a few cocktails and fundraisers (from 2007 to 2009) and closed the books. It’s a fly-by-night (operation).”
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Harper's "Fly by Night" Operations Filling Party Coffers
So I guess the party of accountability has become the party of "now you see them, now you don't" schemes, that hand out contracts at dubious fundraisers.