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  • Auditor blasts G8 funding

    Surprise, surprise! Too bad this report was not released during the election campaign.

    The Conservatives hid their true intentions from Parliament when they funneled $50-million in discretionary spending in the riding of Treasury Board President Tony Clement and shielded the spending from normal checks and balances.

    In her final report to Parliament, Auditor-General Sheila Fraser comes down hard on the so-called G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund, saying the “government was not being transparent about its purpose” as its obtained approval for the funding.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle2053372/

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    When handling other peoples' money you are guilty until your paperwork proves your innocence = Accounting/Bookkeeping 101.

    CONS have no respect for rules or laws..............they know it is easier to apologize then to get permission............get use to it till the next election.
    Time will tell on this new Alberta Government.

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    • #3
      In the meantime, our Prime Minister was in Boston last night to attend the Stanley Cup Final hockey game.

      On Wednesday, the PMO said Mr. Harper, his daughter and Mr. Moore would each pay $500 for their tickets, and $530 each for the flight.

      “As the Prime Minister is prohibited from flying commercial for security reasons, he will compensate the government for the cost of an equivalent commercial flight to Boston,” Thursday’s note from the PMO says. “Minister Moore will do the same.”

      A check online of a return flight to Boston on Air Canada – at the last minute – is $2,629.03 (including taxes) for one person.

      And CTV News estimated that it costs about $10,000 an hour to fly the Challenger, including costs of air crew, fuel and landing fees.

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle2053504/
      He only offered to pay back for the trip after reporters broke the story.

      Even at that, it costs tons more than the $1000 for the game and flight, especially when the flight is on a Challenger jet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by North Guy66 View Post
        In the meantime, our Prime Minister was in Boston last night to attend the Stanley Cup Final hockey game.

        On Wednesday, the PMO said Mr. Harper, his daughter and Mr. Moore would each pay $500 for their tickets, and $530 each for the flight.

        “As the Prime Minister is prohibited from flying commercial for security reasons, he will compensate the government for the cost of an equivalent commercial flight to Boston,” Thursday’s note from the PMO says. “Minister Moore will do the same.”

        A check online of a return flight to Boston on Air Canada – at the last minute – is $2,629.03 (including taxes) for one person.

        And CTV News estimated that it costs about $10,000 an hour to fly the Challenger, including costs of air crew, fuel and landing fees.

        http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle2053504/
        He only offered to pay back for the trip after reporters broke the story.

        Even at that, it costs tons more than the $1000 for the game and flight, especially when the flight is on a Challenger jet.
        He's not allowed to fly on commercial flights. I think this is a fair purpose. He's one of our ambassadors to the world, and confirming in everyone's eyes that hockey is our number one sport is fine by me. I don't know why he wasn't wearing a Canucks jersey though.

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        • #5
          Would it have made much difference?

          Edit: I mean releasing the information before the election
          Last edited by Dialog; 09-06-2011, 02:24 PM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by nobleea View Post
            He's not allowed to fly on commercial flights. I think this is a fair purpose. He's one of our ambassadors to the world, and confirming in everyone's eyes that hockey is our number one sport is fine by me. I don't know why he wasn't wearing a Canucks jersey though.
            I understand that he cannot fly on commercial. So why is he insulting the taxpayers by offering to pay back what it costs to fly on a commercial flight? He should be forking money over to pay for the security and the private jet.

            The PM is one of Canada's ambassadors to the world? So that means people in Lebabnon, Poland, and Nigeria are going to say, "Hey, isn't great that the Prime Minister of Canada is at a hockey game!".

            The guy has his majority government. He doesn't need to use taxpayer's money to promote himself...like he did when he had a minority government.

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            • #7
              It's the optics of it. At the time when they are preaching austerity, he should not waste money. Want a photo op? Go watch the game at a legion or something. Set up a large TV screen in front of Parliament hill and invite people with chairs to come sit with you. Invite a TV crew to 24 Sussex... Do not toss a many thousand of $$$ out in the wind.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by North Guy66 View Post
                In the meantime, our Prime Minister was in Boston last night to attend the Stanley Cup Final hockey game.

                Even at that, it costs tons more than the $1000 for the game and flight, especially when the flight is on a Challenger jet.
                Would you prefer if he flew to Vancouver for a game instead? Boston is a hell of a lot closer.

                Basically, anyone who is blasting Harper for going to this game is really saying that he should never leave Ottawa unless it is government business, or if it is within driving distance. The Prime Minister (or any country's leader) can't be fully involved in his job 100% of the time. He is entitled to some family and personal time. But he cannot just book a flight on a plane and go by himself.

                Honestly, blast away at the G8 spending and how that went down, but to chastise the Prime Minister for taking his kids to a Stanley Cup final game on his personal time, when a Canadian team is in it, is to have very unrealistic and unreasonable expectations for our country's leader.

                I would be saying the same thing no matter who was PM, by the way.

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                • #9
                  I personally cannot stand Harper, but I'm having a hard time giving a toss about the costs of him flying to Boston to see the game. It's a total distraction from far more important issues, and it's disappointing that the opposition are wasting their own time and resources dwelling on it.

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                  • #10
                    ^I think they were hoping the public would be "outraged" thinking of him in private jet going to hockey, given public couldn't care less about this G8 technicality thing. Reality is, people want our PM to have some status, its not like earns as much as most executives in most Canada's top 100 or so companies, he and his family deserve a few perks (just as opposition leaders do, like Jack's new home).

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                    • #11
                      To think that Harper could've avoided this drama by simply wearing one of those green man suits to the game.

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                      • #12
                        They also only spent half of what was projected. It's still a lot (too much), but at least they pulled back some.
                        mandel is a cry baby

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                        • #13
                          The hockey game is no big deal. Old man Layton said he was going to do things different....but it's the same old song & dance, by bringing up non-issues to try & score points.
                          mandel is a cry baby

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                          • #14
                            ^there is that recent study that shows Layton is the rudest MP in the house (maybe its all the Shiatsus, lol?). Interestingly Rona Ambrose is the most respectful:

                            http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/31...n-period-study

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by North Guy66 View Post
                              In the meantime, our Prime Minister was in Boston last night to attend the Stanley Cup Final hockey game.

                              He only offered to pay back for the trip after reporters broke the story.

                              Even at that, it costs tons more than the $1000 for the game and flight, especially when the flight is on a Challenger jet.
                              The 'official' tab for the jet sits @$11,000 an hour... nice chunk of change for a photo-op. Notwithstanding the multiple security escorts, it was advertised ahead of time that Harper would be there. Can we say... foolhardy at best! Ya ya, we get it... he milks that hockey thang for all its worth. Haven't heard yet... did he have the new kitty, Stanley, there too? What a rube, what a maroon!

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