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The $3.1-billion question

Can the Harper government say where that money went?


 

Scott Clark and Peter DeVries explain the problem with the $3.1 billion in unaccounted-for anti-terrorism funding.

Given the sensitivity of this issue and the size of the amount missing, it is surprising that Treasury Board did not undertake a detailed analysis of what happened to this $3.1 billion, prior to the release of the Auditor General’s report.  There was certainly sufficient time to do so. This would have saved the Government considerable embarrassment. Instead, it is viewed as a major blow to their credibility as sound managers of the public purse…

Once again the ability of Parliament to oversee government spending has been eroded. Parliament should ask the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) to undertake a review of the missing $3.1 billion. It simply cannot be shrugged off as “lacking clarity” and “bureaucratic error” and a claim that better controls will be put in place so that it won’t happen again.

The Prime Minister’s assertion yesterday was that “all spending has been reported and accounted for,” but no detailed accounting of the $3.1 billion has yet been released.


 

The $3.1-billion question

  1. Facts? Is that all ya got?

    • stealing material from Tony’s twitter feed is cheating

  2. This Conservative government….it’s as if they’re….oh, how can I put it…..in over their heads?

    • hopefully they are just visiting

      • Ya…and um, birdpoop? Damn I forget- what was the catchphrase on Dion’s ad?

        • notaleader…taxoneverything

  3. “The Prime Minister’s assertion yesterday
    was that “all spending has been reported and accounted for,” but no
    detailed accounting of the $3.1 billion has yet been released.”

    So, why are we and the AG having this conversation? There are times that Harper’s assertions are so bizarrely at variance with reality that you have to wonder if he isn’t on some kind of time delay that requires he has at least a week or so to catch up with the charge against him or his govt.
    Serve him right if this missing 3 billion is slung around his neck like the albatross he helped sling around the LPC’s neck, sans evidence before all the facts about the sponsorship scandal came in. What comes around…

    What i can’t figure out is how TC managed to stuff 3.1 billion under his mattress? Do they issue million $ bills? Was he planning to cash them down at the Muskoka post office?

    As always, and as in this case, it isn’t going to be the “missing” billions that do them in. It’s going to be the ridiculous lies they tell denying it. And the bright spotlight that will be shone on their lack of transparency & accounting/booking methods. It’s as bad or worse to get the label incompetent stuck on you as thief…just ask the old liberals.

    • Now you know why the “fake lake” was so shallow — guess what’s buried underneath.

      • Or…Tony’s invested it all in gezebo futures…for all of us of course.

    • Hell, they kept it up even after the facts were out. “Do you really believe there isn’t more sponsorship money being hidden?” “Do you really believe Gomery got all the facts?”

    • The $3.1B only covers unaccounted funds through 2009. It’ll be interesting to see if Harper can keep the lid on the post-2009 information until the 2015 election. My greatest disappointment with the Auditor General on this file is that he’s not agitating for a complete picture of the program.

      Harper seems to understand better than most that time is a factor in politics. He successfully played for (and used) time to survive the coalition. And he kept the Afghan detainee info bottled up long enough to get through the 2011 election, after which the investigation was quietly killed.

      • whoa, Canada in an erotic hallucinatory thing with Harper is enough to blow all my breakers…i’d rather NOT go there thanks.

  4. “The Auditor General states that there was no misappropriation of
    monies. However, unless there is a full explanation for the “missing”
    $3.1 billion, this claim will continue to come under attack. It also
    puts into question the commitment to sound management of the public
    purse.”

    Someone really ought to try a little harder to encourage TC to carry his receipt book with him at all times. That way this sought of thing shouldn’t happen, right!

  5. Robert A. Heinlein – Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth Stupid fumbling

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