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A learning experience


From his scrum with reporters yesterday, Tony Clement looks on the bright side.

Reporter: Didn’t you know that you needed paperwork on your handing out government money?

Clement: Well, we knew that we had to make sure that every penny was documented, and in fact, that was the case. The fact of the matter is each project had to be–had to be subject to a contribution agreement so that the partners and the municipalities would account for every penny and indeed the auditor-general–the good news for the taxpayers is the auditor-general was quite clear that no money was misappropriated nor was–nor did we have a situation where money was unaccounted for. So that’s the good news for the taxpayers but I think we–we have something to learn from that report, just like every report that she does is a learning experience.


A learning experience

  1. Okay, this guy has been in government long enough to know that turning a border infrastructure fund into his personal slush fund to make it rain in his riding is not ‘okay’. 

    What Tony is saying is that it would be okay for the Tories to take, say, the money allocated for our shiny new fighter jets and instead buy a cruise ship. Look, no money was misappropriated and it’s all accounted for!

    Actually, isn’t spending money allocated to specific purpose on something outside that purpose the definition of misappropriation?

  2. ” ….. Tony Clement looks on the bright side.”

    Did anyone in msm bother asking what lessons were learned? Since when do Cons need ‘lessons’ in acting accountable to taxpayer? 

    As far as I am concerned, the absence of any normal paperwork is evidence of conspiracy to spend money without accountability. Clement did it on purpose and he is talking about learning ‘from that report’. 

    Clement is a malevolent goblin, tho I agree taxpayers will be shocked and amazed that projects were on budget. 

    PJ O’Rourke: Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.

  3. This is the wide-eyed innocent routine….’but we didn’t know, honest!’

    Toddlers use it a lot.

  4. I could swear I heard very similar arguments in a very similar circumstance about, oh, hmmm, must have been about what? 7 or 8 years ago? Something about a lack of documentation and money flowing willy-nilly…..

    But it’s different this time because the guys who did it have blue lawn signs and not red lawn signs. 

  5. What exactly is a “contribution agreement”?