Oda apologizes

Blames bureaucratic process for controversy over funding


 

On Friday, International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda apologized to MPs for her handling of a funding decision for a church-based relief group Kairos. “I take full responsibility for the confusion,” said Oda. But, she says, it was the clumsy bureaucratic process in her office that led to the confusion. At issue was a document with a handwritten addition of the word “not”. Oda says that the process has since been changed to eliminate handwritten additions to documents. She was testifying before a House of Commons committee, which will determine whether or not she was in contempt of Parliament.

Winnipeg Free Press


 
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Oda apologizes

  1. Hint: If you're saying you're not the cause of it, you're not taking full responsibility.

  2. Hint: If you're saying you're not the cause of it, you're not taking full responsibility.

  3. Blame the bureaucrates…..

  4. Blame the bureaucrates…..

  5. Did the same clumsy bureaucratic process render it impossible for to respond to questions directed at her in the HoC? Did it make it necessary for Baird and others to answer for her, even as she sat in her seat in silence?

  6. Did the same clumsy bureaucratic process render it impossible for to respond to questions directed at her in the HoC? Did it make it necessary for Baird and others to answer for her, even as she sat in her seat in silence?

  7. The 'honourable' should be removed from Ms.Oda's title. If she will not resign honourably.

  8. The 'honourable' should be removed from Ms.Oda's title. If she will not resign honourably.

  9. I still wanna see all the other similarly-modified docs that would show this was just "business as usual" for the department.

  10. I still wanna see all the other similarly-modified docs that would show this was just "business as usual" for the department.

    • I still wanna hear the explanation why Jason Kenney was able to brag about defunding KAIROS in Jerusalem despite the fact that KAIROS' supposed antisemitism had nothing to do with defunding KAIROS.

      Still stinks.

      • Agreed.

        I got my wish though — there are two "memos" released. So apparently this remarkably poor process was already established.

        If they can provide examples of previous governments doing it, I'll even back down and say the Oda segment of the Ado was much about nothing.

        • Seriously, they've been doing this for a while now?

          Why didn't they bring this up before?! It certainly would have helped their case.

          • That's assuming these new Nots weren't just scribbled in recently to provide evidence, of course. But since the programs in question surely weren't actually funded at the end of the day — and has anyone checked? — I'm willing to magnanimously grant the benefit of the doubt.

          • Why didn't they bring this up before?! It certainly would have helped their case.

            Helped their case with whom? Answer that question and you will understand the answer to your question (ie "Why didn't they bring this up before?")

          • Those canadian people who actually take an interest in good governan… oh! I see what you did there!

          • I knew that I could trust you!

  11. It's a good thing that these committee hearings are video recorded.

    Should make for entertaining sound bites when the coalition of losers foolishly votes non confidence.

  12. It's a good thing that these committee hearings are video recorded.

    Should make for entertaining sound bites when the coalition of losers foolishly votes non confidence.

  13. I still wanna hear the explanation why Jason Kenney was able to brag about defunding KAIROS in Jerusalem despite the fact that KAIROS' supposed antisemitism had nothing to do with defunding KAIROS.

    Still stinks.

  14. Oda apologizes"

    Nope. Not what happened. Check your CP style guide, page 406-408 on accuracy in headline writing.

  15. Oda apologizes"

    Nope. Not what happened. Check your CP style guide, page 406-408 on accuracy in headline writing.

  16. Agreed.

    I got my wish though — there are two "memos" released. So apparently this remarkably poor process was already established.

    If they can provide examples of previous governments doing it, I'll even back down and say the Oda segment of the Ado was much about nothing.

  17. Seriously, they've been doing this for a while now?

    Why didn't they bring this up before?! It certainly would have helped their case.

  18. That's assuming these new Nots weren't just scribbled in recently to provide evidence, of course. But since the programs in question surely weren't actually funded at the end of the day — and has anyone checked? — I'm willing to magnanimously grant the benefit of the doubt.

  19. If Mrs Oda could just appologize, but she could not she had to blame someone else. She does not get how serious contempt of Parliment and lying in Parliment is. Perhaps, when she is dumped at election time she will.

  20. If Mrs Oda could just appologize, but she could not she had to blame someone else. She does not get how serious contempt of Parliment and lying in Parliment is. Perhaps, when she is dumped at election time she will.

    • How confident are you that she would lose an election? In 2008 Oda won with 28,500 votes (54%). The next closest candidate was Liberal Bryan Ransom, with just over 12,000 votes (23%).

  21. A half-apology/half explanation at this late date after everything that has happened is a bit much to swallow. If this is the truth, why did it take her this long to come out with it? Sorry; her credibility is shot.

    I'll only believe this fish story if voluntarily backed up by bureaucrats from her dept.

  22. A half-apology/half explanation at this late date after everything that has happened is a bit much to swallow. If this is the truth, why did it take her this long to come out with it? Sorry; her credibility is shot.

    I'll only believe this fish story if voluntarily backed up by bureaucrats from her dept.

  23. Why didn't they bring this up before?! It certainly would have helped their case.

    Helped their case with whom? Answer that question and you will understand the answer to your question (ie "Why didn't they bring this up before?")

  24. How confident are you that she would lose an election? In 2008 Oda won with 28,500 votes (54%). The next closest candidate was Liberal Bryan Ransom, with just over 12,000 votes (23%).

  25. Those canadian people who actually take an interest in good governan… oh! I see what you did there!

  26. I knew that I could trust you!

  27. Well I see the Oda beat down and co-ordinated lynching continues. The cowardly bullying of Minister Oda at committee by Liberal hyenas, McGunity, Brison and that NDP jackal, Pat Martin was a disgusting and pathetic act of politically motivated abuse and thuggery. Pat Martin is an unhinged thug, a punk a bully, and a coward.

  28. Well I see the Oda beat down and co-ordinated lynching continues. The cowardly bullying of Minister Oda at committee by Liberal hyenas, McGunity, Brison and that NDP jackal, Pat Martin was a disgusting and pathetic act of politically motivated abuse and thuggery. Pat Martin is an unhinged thug, a punk a bully, and a coward.

  29. You are right lover, the cretiin raised jackals, the most corrupt government outside the 3rd worlds. And the reason, Mr Harper is heading for another win, and without quebec, the feeding ground of corruption. Now I see quebec just started to learn addition, in English, and see that Harper can win, without one of their EXPENSIVE seats! So hilarious.

  30. You are right lover, the cretiin raised jackals, the most corrupt government outside the 3rd worlds. And the reason, Mr Harper is heading for another win, and without quebec, the feeding ground of corruption. Now I see quebec just started to learn addition, in English, and see that Harper can win, without one of their EXPENSIVE seats! So hilarious.

  31. Oda has no reason to apologize as though she did something wrong, because she didn't.
    This non-scandal is such an obscure and obtuse point of administration that it is amazing the corrupt Liberals and their lackeys in the media keep chasing it – get a life you socialist losers.

  32. Oda has no reason to apologize as though she did something wrong, because she didn't.
    This non-scandal is such an obscure and obtuse point of administration that it is amazing the corrupt Liberals and their lackeys in the media keep chasing it – get a life you socialist losers.