Monday, April 11, 2011

Conservatives May Have Broken the Law (AGAIN!) by Lying to Parliament Over Costs of G8

A leaked report from the Auditor General reveals that the Harper government may have lied to Parliament over the costs of the G-8 summit.
The auditor general says the Harper government misinformed Parliament to win approval for a $50-million G8 fund that lavished money on dubious projects in a Conservative riding. And she suggests the process may have been illegal. The findings are contained in a confidential report Sheila Fraser was to have tabled in Parliament on April 5.

The report was put on ice when the Harper government was defeated and is not due to be released until after the May 2 election. However, a Jan. 13 draft of the chapter on the G8 legacy infrastructure fund was seen by The Canadian Press. It reveals that Industry Minister Tony Clement, the mayor of Huntsville, and the general manager of Deerhurst Resort chose the 32 projects that received funding — with no regard for the needs of the summit or the conditions laid down by the government.
According to Harper "the manager of Deerhurst Resort is very capable of choosing which projects to fund with G8 money." really? Since when, especially when much of the money was used to upgrade his resort, getting it ready for sale.

On Twitter: "Newsflash: Harper announces "it was only $50 million, plus it's Tony's fault" on alleged misspending of G8 fund". Typical. Blame someone else. I thought he was supposed to have a steady hand on everything.

And while the Conbots are joining the Tea Party 'birthers', because of an old article suggesting that Michael Ignatieff may have voted in the British elections (who cares?), Kady O'Malley tweets: "Okay, I'd say @M_Ignatieff's voting record prolly a little less relevant than the govt allegedly misleading Parliament on G8 funds."

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