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PBO chief quoted out of context in G8/G20 report

Report that misquotes AG Sheila Fraser bungles Kevin Page’s statement as well


 

The Conservative committee report on G8/G20 spending that had wrongly attributed a statement by Auditor General Shelia Fraser has also misquoted Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page. According to the report, Page made the following statement: “the PMO’s research of publicly available information indicates that no other host country has provided ‘total’ security costs to this level of detail.” Page’s statement was made on June 23, 2010, but the report was based on hearings conducted by the committee in October and December. The same report had quoted the Auditor General saying, “we found that the processes and controls around [the summit spending] were very good, and that the monies were spent as they were intended to be sent.” The quote was actually from a 2005 report on Liberal security spending after the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. A spokesman for Conservative MP Chris Warkentin, who was the vice-chair of the committee, issued an apology for the controversy, and said, “we assure you that it was most definitely not our intention to quote you erroneously or out of context.”

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PBO chief quoted out of context in G8/G20 report

  1. What other intent could there have been to lift a statement from a completely unrelated report? I don't see how this could have been an accident. It's like accidentally copying and pasting an essay of the internet.

  2. What other intent could there have been to lift a statement from a completely unrelated report? I don't see how this could have been an accident. It's like accidentally copying and pasting an essay of the internet.

  3. First Fraser now Page? Two accidents in the same documents? No coincidence. These Conservatives maliciously and purposely misquoted Fraser and Page because they think it's fun and because their leader thinks it's fun too.

    Mr. Harper should be issuing these apologies because he is responsible for this. He is the leader. He is the Prime Minister. He is responsible.

  4. First Fraser now Page? Two accidents in the same documents? No coincidence. These Conservatives maliciously and purposely misquoted Fraser and Page because they think it's fun and because their leader thinks it's fun too.

    Mr. Harper should be issuing these apologies because he is responsible for this. He is the leader. He is the Prime Minister. He is responsible.

  5. Does MP Chris Warkentin know his spokesperson is lying for him?

  6. Does MP Chris Warkentin know his spokesperson is lying for him?

    • Have you ever seen Warkinton in action on the committee?

  7. .
    The Board of Directors for the Government of Harper, Inc. is learning just how far they can push democracy, truth, ethics, and transparency over the cliff and still remain unscathed in popular opinion leading up to the polls.

    Pretty far.

    Just know this: when you put in your mark in that box, you are voting for a Board of Directors.

    You have been conditioned to feel that is what you want.
    .

  8. .
    The Board of Directors for the Government of Harper, Inc. is learning just how far they can push democracy, truth, ethics, and transparency over the cliff and still remain unscathed in popular opinion leading up to the polls.

    Pretty far.

    Just know this: when you put in your mark in that box, you are voting for a Board of Directors.

    You have been conditioned to feel that is what you want.
    .

  9. Semi-rhetorical question: is admitting spectacular incompetence that much better than being found a brazen liar?

    Of course, I think it's clear that they were spectacularly incompetent at the brazen lying, but in an either-or situation, the old Stephen Harper would have picked the latter…

  10. Semi-rhetorical question: is admitting spectacular incompetence that much better than being found a brazen liar?

    Of course, I think it's clear that they were spectacularly incompetent at the brazen lying, but in an either-or situation, the old Stephen Harper would have picked the latter…

  11. .
    @Lorraine: I'm not sure Harper is malicious. I suspect he's more like a pubescent high-school essayist, or valedictorian with political aspirations, in political and ethical arrested-development: it's all just surface rhetoric:

    "Every day, as I enter this bright, shining institution of freedom in our great and shining land of freedom and, like, where rich and poor and native and, I mean aboriginal, and um, native; CEO and crack-whore… I am reminded how lucky I am… and…"

    He doesn't know the difference between a corporation and a democracy. The horror of it is that neither does his base. Or worse: they admire it.
    .

  12. .
    @Lorraine: I'm not sure Harper is malicious. I suspect he's more like a pubescent high-school essayist, or valedictorian with political aspirations, in political and ethical arrested-development: it's all just surface rhetoric:

    "Every day, as I enter this bright, shining institution of freedom in our great and shining land of freedom and, like, where rich and poor and native and, I mean aboriginal, and um, native; CEO and crack-whore… I am reminded how lucky I am… and…"

    He doesn't know the difference between a corporation and a democracy. The horror of it is that neither does his base. Or worse: they admire it.
    .

    • Bubble-boy is drifting further and further away from reality.

  13. Bubble-boy is drifting further and further away from reality.

  14. When will this ongoing corrupt behaviour cease ?

  15. When will this ongoing corrupt behaviour cease ?

  16. It is similar to the comments of Harper in the english debate last night where he lied about no cut in corporation taxes taking place when he had passed the bills that legislated them.At least Layton said so and said he knew it also..After that,& his leading the 1st party in the history of our democracy to be called in contempt of parliament,how can his followers still vote for him? Don Bater

  17. It is similar to the comments of Harper in the english debate last night where he lied about no cut in corporation taxes taking place when he had passed the bills that legislated them.At least Layton said so and said he knew it also..After that,& his leading the 1st party in the history of our democracy to be called in contempt of parliament,how can his followers still vote for him? Don Bater

  18. Have you ever seen Warkinton in action on the committee?

  19. By the way how much altogether did the Police, politicians, themselves now steal from the security budgets, an undeniable too common Canadian practice it seems as well.

  20. By the way how much altogether did the Police, politicians, themselves now steal from the security budgets, an undeniable too common Canadian practice it seems as well.