The confidential draft by Sheila Fraser concludes the government misinformed Parliament to win approval for a $50-million G8 fund that lavished money on questionable projects in Industry Minister Tony Clement's riding. And it suggests the process by which the funding was approved may have been illegal.
How shocking. The Contempt Party of Canada was lying to Parliament...again.
Then there's attack dog Baird's comments:
Conservative cabinet minister John Baird reacted quickly, saying the contents of the final report are different from the draft report. Specifically, he said the final report doesn't say the government “misinformed” Parliament.
Hmmm...really - you've seen this report already, Mr. Baird? Even if I believed that, I still think that Ms. Fraser's draft is closer to the truth when it accuses your government of lying.
... and just to add to the outrage, why did we spend enormous amounts of money upgrading public washrooms 20 km away from the conference site?
The draft reveals that a local “G8 summit liaison and implementation team” – made up of Mr. Clement, the mayor of Huntsville, and the general manager of Deerhurst Resort which hosted the summit – chose the 32 projects that received funding. It says there was no apparent regard for the needs of the summit or the conditions laid down by the government.
Among the questionable projects funded were:
» $274,000 on public toilets 20 kilometres from the summit site.
» $100,000 on a gazebo an hour's drive away.
» $1.1-million for sidewalk and tree upgrades 100 kilometres away.
» $194,000 for a park 100 kilometres away.
» $745,000 on downtown improvements for three towns nearly 70 kilometres away.
That's one hell of walk for conference attendees to take care of the morning's coffee, don't you think?