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  • Tories misled Parliament on G8 spending: Auditor-General

    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.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1979865/

    Let's see all the Conservative shills try to defend this one.

  • #2
    they will not. they will pretend it never happened and talk about the coalition.

    the other day Harper said something about eliminating deficit sooner by removing inefficiencies in government. I wonder if he was talking about wasteful spending such as this one and also the untendered contracts for unnecessary jets.

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    • #3
      In related news:

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cana...ag-fraser.html

      Auditor General Sheila Fraser has written a scathing letter rebuking the Conservatives for misquoting her in a parliamentary report on the costs of the G8/G20 summits in Toronto last summer, CBC News has learned.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by grish View Post
        they will not. they will pretend it never happened and talk about the coalition.

        the other day Harper said something about eliminating deficit sooner by removing inefficiencies in government. I wonder if he was talking about wasteful spending such as this one and also the untendered contracts for unnecessary jets.
        Good point. I'm still trying to figure that one out.
        aka Jim Good; "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

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        • #5
          There was a survey a little while ago that asked if Canadians thought a billion for G8 was worth it, and surprisingly, most said it was. I don't see this being an issue with any traction. Liberals would have done exactly same thing in power.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by moahunter View Post
            There was a survey a little while ago that asked if Canadians thought a billion for G8 was worth it, and surprisingly, most said it was. I don't see this being an issue with any traction. Liberals would have done exactly same thing in power.
            The issue is not if people think it was a good idea or not.
            The issue is that (yet again) Harper lied about what he was doing/did to parliament.
            posts randomly and infrequently

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            • #7
              ^all politicians lie/spin stuff, that's what they do. The whole misleading parliment thing is a joke when its a minority government and the opposition parties running the committees. I still don't see this as an issue that anyone other than fanatical harper haters will give a toss about a few accounting classification iregualities. Pork for a riding is no big deal, all governments do it (this isn't the same as using backhanders to fund a political party or personal friends, be it Mulroney or Adscam).

              If it was Anne Mclellan funding TELUS world of science, or one of the many other things she helped Edmonton with, everyone would be cheering her on...
              Last edited by moahunter; 11-04-2011, 05:25 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                There was a survey a little while ago that asked if Canadians thought a billion for G8 was worth it, and surprisingly, most said it was. I don't see this being an issue with any traction. Liberals would have done exactly same thing in power.
                Source. Please.
                I think of art, at its most significant, as a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. —Marshall McLuhan

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                  ^all politicians lie/spin stuff, that's what they do. The whole misleading parliment thing is a joke when its a minority government and the opposition parties running the committees. I still don't see this as an issue that anyone other than fanatical harper haters will give a toss about a few accounting classification iregualities. Pork for a riding is no big deal, all governments do it (this isn't the same as using backhanders to fund a political party or personal friends, be it Mulroney or Adscam).

                  If it was Anne Mclellan funding TELUS world of science, or one of the many other things she helped Edmonton with, everyone would be cheering her on...
                  all/ most/ many/ some polititians do lie... but when they get caught (a la ad-scam of the Librals) they pay for it at the polls... Perhaps it is time for the PC's to pay the price at the polls.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                    ^all politicians lie/spin stuff, that's what they do
                    Oh, so, it's okay then.

                    Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                    There was a survey a little while ago that asked if Canadians thought a billion for G8 was worth it, and surprisingly, most said it was.
                    "The June 10-13 telephone survey of 1,000 Canadians has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times in 20." Pretty poor thing to try to stand on.

                    I don't see this being an issue with any traction. Liberals would have done exactly same thing in power.
                    Prove it.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by grish View Post
                      all/ most/ many/ some polititians do lie... but when they get caught (a la ad-scam of the Librals) they pay for it at the polls... Perhaps it is time for the PC's to pay the price at the polls.
                      Whats a bet its not even in the news in a couple of days time? Its not even the top story now for most papers. There is nothing odd about this at all, its just pork, not personal or party enrichment, whether its done through the G8 budget or some other budget, its all the same.
                      Last edited by moahunter; 11-04-2011, 08:35 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                        Originally posted by grish View Post
                        all/ most/ many/ some polititians do lie... but when they get caught (a la ad-scam of the Librals) they pay for it at the polls... Perhaps it is time for the PC's to pay the price at the polls.
                        Whats a bet its not even in the news in a couple of days time? Its not even the top story now for most papers. There is nothing odd about this at all, its just pork, not personal or party enrichment, whether its done through the G8 budget or some other budget, its all the same.
                        The newspapers are pro Conservative and they've been downplaying Conservative follies for weeks if not months.

                        Harper could get caught eating a live kitten and between the news and party apologists, the headlines 2 days later would report it was self defense and give him a medal.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PrairieBoyinExile View Post
                          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.

                          http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1979865/

                          Let's see all the Conservative shills try to defend this one.
                          Maybe you should take a look in the mirror? While on the subject of spin, misinformation, and misleading people (and for that matter - "shills"), do you think it's fair to leave out the fact the Auditor General has not released and, in fact, cannot release this report?

                          Or that the supposedly damning comment was in a leaked early draft of a report, and replaced in a later leaked draft, neither of which was complete, finished, or released to the public.

                          What you just wrote is misleading. Hardly fair of you to presumptively accuse anyone of being a shill for taking issue with something demonstrably an attempt at "spin".

                          Here is what the Auditor General did say:

                          “The Office of the Audit General of Canada remains the custodian of its reports until they are presented to the Speaker of the House of Commons for tabling,’’ Fraser said.

                          “I strongly caution the public to wait until our final report on the G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund has been tabled in Parliament and made public.’’


                          Now that's being forthright, I should think.
                          aka Jim Good; "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by armin View Post
                            The newspapers are pro Conservative and they've been downplaying Conservative follies for weeks if not months.
                            Ha!

                            You must not be reading the Globe and Mail.

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                            • #15
                              Globe and Mail tends to lean left, National Post leans right. Sun Media pretty much gave up any semblance of objectivity a couple years ago when Kory Teneycke took up employment there. None of this is a new development.

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