The G8 legacy fund

The Canadian Press gets a look at a chapter in the draft report of the Auditor General’s investigation into G8 funding.

The draft reveals that a local “G8 summit liaison and implementation team” — Industry Minister Tony 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…

The draft report says that in November 2009, the government tabled supplementary spending estimates which requested $83 million for a Border Infrastructure Fund aimed at reducing congestion at border crossings. But the government did not reveal that it intended to devote $50 million of that money to a G8 legacy fund, even though Huntsville is nowhere near the Canada-U.S. border.

When Michael Ignatieff demanded last week that the final report be dismissed, the Conservatives dismissed his request. The Conservative side now says the Auditor General and the Speaker should release the report, but that wouldn’t seem to be possible—the AG’s office having said that its reports cannot be tabled unless Parliament is sitting.

The Star has posted the full list of projects funded by the G8 legacy fund.




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  1. 1) Who leaked this ?

    2) How do we know its authentic ?

    Important questions the media should be asking but are not.

    Elections Cats !

    • Well, one of the drafts was sent to the government and has it's comments on it.Harps should release the report to end any confusion, don't you think?

      • I don't think the government or anyone else has the legal right to release this information.

        It may actually be illegal.

        Especially if it was a civil servant trying to influence an election. Or a civil servant passing information on to the opposition.

        Concerned about integrity of our civil service !

        Cats away

        • A ill-timed (and unfounded) wrench thrown into an election campaign? Wouldn't be the first time.
          http://www.thestar.com/news/article/407799

          For the sake of discovering the truth before election day, is it possible for Fraser to give a verbal report confirming or denying the veracity of the draft report?

          • The draft is meaningless.

            Its put together before all the information is in and before the government has had a chance to respond to questions/concerns.

            We need to see the FINAL report released NOW.

            Release the report now !!

            Now Cats.

          • Cats, above: "I don't think the government or anyone else has the legal right to release this information. "

            Cats, not-so-far-above: "Release the report now !! "

            Inconsistent cats.

          • As you say, however, it sounds like it can't be released. Sadly.

            I know the Cons have asked for the final report to be released… if it can't, I don't see why the Cons can't release their responses to the AG's questions and concerns.

          • Have they asked for it to be released, or did they just lie that they had asked? Do not believe anything the Conservatives say.

          • They have asked for it to be released, this is true.

            No fan am I of Harper, but if the conclusions of this report are not accurate, that's not a good thing. Especially since this little tidbit has the potential to be a game-changer.

            I hope the truth of the matter, whichever way it comes down, comes out. I hope the final report, somehow, is released.

          • Fraser or the speaker can easily "leak" the final report.

            Nobody seems to mind the false and incomplete draft was released.

            Release it Cats !!

          • Actually, they can't. They'd be in contempt of parliament. Further, we won't know if the draft was false until we see the final report.

          • Fraser has already indicated she will not be commenting.

        • "Concerned about integrity of our civil service ! "

          You may want to spare a bit of that concern towards whether our elected officials have integrity.

        • At least it's not the RCMP interfering in an election.

    • 1) Who leaked this ?

      2) How do we know its authentic ?

      The mounties…it has become something of an election tradition, so i hear. Mmmm, then again, maybe NOT. It is a Consevative incumbent after all.

      • Maybe he was to busy granting secret-level clearance to criminals in the PMO to prevent someone else from leaking it.

    • Clearly this must have the government rattled, I don't recall seeing much of Cats around here since the election was called.

      Obviously this situation requires the steady hand and competence of Cats, seems that he/she outranks Dennis.

      • yeah I thought he was in the war room pi$$ing in a pile of dirty laundry.

    • Does it need to be more authentic than Dingwall's receipt for a pack of gum (for which he never submitted a claim for reimbusement)?

    • It hasn't been denied. The government's claim is that there's a later version they like better, not that this version isn't authentic.

      In the biz, this constitutes a 'non-denial denial'.

  2. 1) Who leaked this ?

    2) How do we know its authentic ?

    Important questions the media should be asking but are not.

    Elections Cats !

  3. The AG Sheila Fraser has said Harper is a liar, and may well have broken the law.

    My, my….

    • I'd trust her before any Harperite.

      • Yeah, she's a straight-shooter.

        • LOL

  4. The AG Sheila Fraser has said Harper is a liar, and may well have broken the law.

    My, my….

  5. really that's what you're first reaction, who leaked it? really?

    when a billion dollars of unquestioned money floats out of the peoples coffers you know nothing good will come out of it.

  6. really that's what you're first reaction, who leaked it? really?

    when a billion dollars of unquestioned money floats out of the peoples coffers you know nothing good will come out of it.

  7. Well, one of the drafts was sent to the government and has it's comments on it.Harps should release the report to end any confusion, don't you think?

  8. publictoilets_gazeboBeautification_heritage plaquegate!

  9. publictoilets_gazeboBeautification_heritage plaquegate!

  10. I don't think the government or anyone else has the legal right to release this information.

    It may actually be illegal.

    Especially if it was a civil servant trying to influence an election. Or a civil servant passing information on to the opposition.

    Concerned about integrity of our civil service !

    Cats away

  11. OMG!
    Somebody in our government blows the whistle on how our government is stealing our money and response is skeptism and darts for the whistleblower…
    Obliviously we have a bunch of conservative zealots in the crowd.

    • Remember the environmental guy leaker a few years ago? He got perp-walked out of his office.

    • Whoever leaked this isn't a "whistleblower". They were identified as working for an opposition party. They chose to release a draft report, not the final version. And their only motivations for doing so are to change the results of the election. And what whistle is being blown? The AG wrote the report, and will release it according to whatever rules govern such matters. The Leaker is the one breaking the law here. And they're doing so with the goal of undermining our democracy. I should hope they're tracked down and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      • Seems you're fine when the motive is to change the result of an election in your favour, sours. If the gov't had a copy of this draft for over a month but were making it conveniently underwraps, that kind of makes their whole dealings in parliament suspicious, doncha think? We know they were ramped up for an election despite denying the exact fact. I got my first CON flyer the morning that parliament collapsed.
        Of course, now that you're in government whistleblowers are the enemy. What happened to that 'highest regard' for those who stand up when things aren't right? Now that its Harper and hookers running amok with the Canadian bankroll that's being exposed, I'm not surprised that you're trying to shoot the messenger. I suggest look in the mirror instead, then fire…

        • I think you need to lay off the pipe. The government wasn't keeping anything under wraps, they were waiting for the scheduled release of the document. That's not suspicious, that's the way the system works.

  12. OMG!
    Somebody in our government blows the whistle on how our government is stealing our money and response is skeptism and darts for the whistleblower…
    Obliviously we have a bunch of conservative zealots in the crowd.

  13. A ill-timed (and unfounded) wrench thrown into an election campaign? Wouldn't be the first time.
    http://www.thestar.com/news/article/407799

    For the sake of discovering the truth before election day, is it possible for Fraser to give a verbal report confirming or denying the veracity of the draft report?

  14. Harper is suddenly a stickler for parliamentary procedure – how convenient!

  15. The draft is meaningless.

    Its put together before all the information is in and before the government has had a chance to respond to questions/concerns.

    We need to see the FINAL report released NOW.

    Release the report now !!

    Now Cats.

  16. You like the idea of partisan civil servants leaking information ?

    A draft isn't released for a reason. Its incomplete and wrong.

    Only the final report matters. Only the final report should be released.

    Let's see it NOW !

    Now Cats!

    • Harper's had it for a few weeks – yes, he has to release it now or be under a cloud of suspiscion before the election. The ball is in his court.

  17. You like the idea of partisan civil servants leaking information ?

    A draft isn't released for a reason. Its incomplete and wrong.

    Only the final report matters. Only the final report should be released.

    Let's see it NOW !

    Now Cats!

  18. You need to remember that the whole venue changed – everything was to happen in Muskoka. It was the G20 countries that deemed it too small, thus the move to Toronto

    "Two years ago, the Canadian government picked this town of 20,000 to host the Group of 8 summit meeting this weekend. That set off a spending spree that now totals nearly $48 million by the government%E2%80%99s last estimate, or nearly $93 million by the calculations of the opposition Liberal Party.

    But then the leaders of the world%E2%80%99s wealthiest nations spoiled the fun. Last September, they decided that the Group of 20 meeting would replace the Group of 8 as their flagship economic summit meeting. And what was supposed to be Huntsville%E2%80%99s moment of glory is increasingly becoming a minor national scandal.

    After the leaders first announced that Huntsville would take over the larger meeting, it became apparent to the government that the summer resort town was much too small to do the job. The Group of 20 meeting will now be in Toronto."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/world/americas/

  19. You need to remember that the whole venue changed – everything was to happen in Muskoka. It was the G20 countries that deemed it too small, thus the move to Toronto

    "Two years ago, the Canadian government picked this town of 20,000 to host the Group of 8 summit meeting this weekend. That set off a spending spree that now totals nearly $48 million by the government's last estimate, or nearly $93 million by the calculations of the opposition Liberal Party.

    But then the leaders of the world's wealthiest nations spoiled the fun. Last September, they decided that the Group of 20 meeting would replace the Group of 8 as their flagship economic summit meeting. And what was supposed to be Huntsville's moment of glory is increasingly becoming a minor national scandal.

    After the leaders first announced that Huntsville would take over the larger meeting, it became apparent to the government that the summer resort town was much too small to do the job. The Group of 20 meeting will now be in Toronto."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/world/americas/

    • None of which justifies the misspending alleged.

      but you knew that.

    • …and reminds us all of just how well things went down in Toronto in the end.

      • Yeah, that was quite a "legacy" left in Toronto!

  20. You need to remember that the whole venue changed – everything was to happen in Muskoka. It was the G20 countries that deemed it too small, thus the move to Toronto

    "Two years ago, the Canadian government picked this town of 20,000 to host the Group of 8 summit meeting this weekend. That set off a spending spree that now totals nearly $48 million by the government's last estimate, or nearly $93 million by the calculations of the opposition Liberal Party.

    But then the leaders of the world's wealthiest nations spoiled the fun. Last September, they decided that the Group of 20 meeting would replace the Group of 8 as their flagship economic summit meeting. And what was supposed to be Huntsville's moment of glory is increasingly becoming a minor national scandal.

    After the leaders first announced that Huntsville would take over the larger meeting, it became apparent to the government that the summer resort town was much too small to do the job. The Group of 20 meeting will now be in Toronto."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/world/americas/

  21. Cats, above: "I don't think the government or anyone else has the legal right to release this information. "

    Cats, not-so-far-above: "Release the report now !! "

    Inconsistent cats.

  22. Fraser has already indicated she will not be commenting.

  23. 1) Who leaked this ?

    2) How do we know its authentic ?

    The mounties…it has become something of an election tradition, so i hear. Mmmm, then again, maybe NOT. It is a Consevative incumbent after all.

  24. None of which justifies the misspending alleged.

    but you knew that.

  25. I would not be surprised to see somebody walking out of the AGs office carrying the contents of their desk in a box under guard. Whoever leaked a non-final draft report under these circumstances should be fired. Today.

    • Yes, don't arrest the person who broke the law, and lied….arrest the messenger. LOL

    • So all that stuff in favour of whistlblowers is just window dressing?

      • What are you talking about? What does whistleblowing have to do with anything here??? The final report was due to be released when Parliament resumed. The Liberals could have seen the report in full, with the rest of us, if they waited just a few more weeks before voting the government down, and then campaigned on it!

        But this? Who knows what this even is? All of it, some of it, or NONE of it might be in the final report. It's a DRAFT. For all we know it could have been written up from scratch by a CPC hating bureaucrat, knowing it's authenticity could NEVER be confirmed during the election because Fraser can't comment, and knowing that the CPC can't defend itself against cherry-picked, or even fabricated, fragments of a non-existent report.

        That's why you don't publicly release DRAFTS, especially during elections, and whoever released this should never work anywhere near the federal government ever again.

        • If it was just a partisan election bomb based on false information, it isn't whistleblowing. If the report is accurate, it is whistleblowing. It's providing the Canadian public with very valuable information, information that otherwise would have been withheld to protect the government. Hopefully we'll know the truth of the matter soon.

          • I don't see how we can? Fraser cannot release the report without being in contempt of Parliament.

            information that otherwise would have been withheld to protect the government

            No. No, no, no, no, no. You should know better than that gbs. The information was not being withheld "to protect the government". It was being withheld because you can't table the report outside of Parliament, and the opposition weren't patient enough to wait the couple of weeks needed for it to be tabled in Parliament before they brought the house down. That does not give a "whistleblower" in the AG's office the right to leak an early draft which may or may not reflect the final report that we are not even allowed to see.

          • Fair enough. I also acknowledge, sadly, that we can't see the final report so that we can determine the veracity of the information, having bounced around a few more sites to survey the situation. That said, the opposition might have been 'patient' enough to wait for the report, but they had no idea what was in it. And if they had waited, they'd have had to pass the budget they couldn't support and let the government off the hook on the contempt deal (and then their principles would have been brought into question because they sat on their hands and signed off on things they fundamentally disagreed with).

            I will agree that this is an unfortunate situation. If the report is true, the Conservatives should pay a price for it (hence, my sympathy for the 'whistleblowing'). If it's bogus, the Conservatives are going to catch sh*t for something that isn't true. The same thing happened to the Liberals in 2006 with that RCMP investigation. It's also extremely unfortunate that we won't know the truth of the matter until the House resumes.

          • JG

            You're right Fraser can't release the report outside of parliament. But surely common sense would indicate that if this draft is seriously at odds with the final one that she speak up. Something along the lines of:

            " I deplore the early release of this draft document. Ordinarily i cannot comment, but in the interests of the public good and simple decency, i feel compelled to say this in no way reflects the final conclusion."

          • She can't go that far. But she's already giving words to that effect:

            "I strongly caution the public to wait until our final report on the G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund"
            "Sometimes during the process of fact validation, additional information is brought to our attention"

            The above quotes from @RosieBarton

          • Sorry John – that is the CPC interpretation / spin.
            what the AG said in that release was – in effect – I only satnd behind the final version of my reports.

            There is nothing there to infer – one way or the other – that the wording and conclusions on that particular audit were changed one jot or tickle…you and Clement and Baird are hung out to dry…indefinitely it seems!

          • That's probably the best this honourable public servant can do with this mess. I agree with you, John. This isn't whistleblowing by any imaginative stretch of the definition of whistleblowing. This is making an unnecessary mess, and Ms. Fraser deserves better than to be dragged into it. If the source of the leak can be identified, then their fired ass can be brought up on contempt of Parliament charges in a few weeks.

          • It's worded in a way that would make the Liberals look guilty of trying to hide the report by calling an election.

            Either the spending just isn't as bad as the Liberals made it out to be, or the Conservatives are trying to make good on a potentially dangerous situation for them.

    • john g wants to see a perp walk!

      • So do I but we're probably thinking of different perps…

        • Oh I'm in a good mood today, Jan. I'd like to see a perp dance!

    • You are absolutely right that they should. People should be accountable for their actions.

      But it doesn't take anything away from the allegations that have come to light. Those need to be addressed too.

      • Absolutely they should…but not before the actual scope of the allegations are released or confirmed through official channels.

        • And you were right on the front lines yelling — wait! wait to see the results of that RCMP investigation, people! A strange confirmation of an investigation is no way to influence our democratic process!…
          Oh right, you didn't.
          Keep trumping up the guilt of the whistleblower. It's like putting dayglo paint on a pig…

  26. I would not be surprised to see somebody walking out of the AGs office carrying the contents of their desk in a box under guard. Whoever leaked a non-final draft report under these circumstances should be fired. Today.

  27. really that's what you're first reaction, who leaked it? really?

    ***

    nope, not really!

  28. Harper's had it for a few weeks – yes, he has to release it now or be under a cloud of suspiscion before the election. The ball is in his court.

  29. Clearly this must have the government rattled, I don't recall seeing much of Cats around here since the election was called.

    Obviously this situation requires the steady hand and competence of Cats, seems that he/she outranks Dennis.

  30. Yes, don't arrest the person who broke the law, and lied….arrest the messenger. LOL

  31. If Harper continues to govern, I'm sure he will lead a search party to find the culprit.

  32. I just hope the tax payers of other G/20 nations draw the appropriate lessons from this fiasco. Spending a billion bucks for a garden party for a bunch of elite over entittled leaders, who already have their principle positions staked out in advance, is no way to behave at any time – least of all during a world wide recession. For crying out loud, half of those guys had to go straight home and explain just why they couldn't afford to fund librairies, poor kids hot school meals and other frivolities and unaffordable luxuries – the whole thing is revolting. We do need a tea party type movement… just preferably one that's not insane.

    • Agreed – the whole thing was obscene.

    • But … but … you're forgetting that S. Harper's G20 changed the world as we know it …

      • He didn't even manage to buy himself a seat on the UN's Security Council.

    • Yup, the real scandal is having them overhyped overly expensive heads of states meetings. Ridiculous meetings.

      • It's not the meeting. It's the 1 billion it cost us tax payers. If you want security and you're meeting in Canada go north for heavens sake. Go to a mountain top, go to Sable island, go to just about anywhere in Canada except our largest city. Who made this crazy decision anyway?

  33. I just hope the tax payers of other G/20 nations draw the appropriate lessons from this fiasco. Spending a billion bucks for a garden party for a bunch of elite over entittled leaders, who already have their principle positions staked out in advance, is no way to behave at any time – least of all during a world wide recession. For crying out loud, half of those guys had to go straight home and explain just why they couldn't afford to fund librairies, poor kids hot school meals and other frivolities and unaffordable luxuries – the whole thing is revolting. We do need a tea party type movement… just preferably one that's not insane.

  34. He'll "look into it" like he looked into the Cadman bribe allegations at the time.

    Guess what he will find?

  35. He'll "look into it" like he looked into the Cadman bribe allegations at the time.

    Guess what he will find?

    • I meant the leaker.

      • (I got your OJ joke.)

  36. We don't need a report from the auditor, all we need is for Tony Clement to confess.

  37. We don't need a report from the auditor, all we need is for Tony Clement to confess.

  38. Agreed – the whole thing was obscene.

  39. As you say, however, it sounds like it can't be released. Sadly.

    I know the Cons have asked for the final report to be released… if it can't, I don't see why the Cons can't release their responses to the AG's questions and concerns.

  40. Wonder how many of those projects were awarded un-tendered to Conservative supporters? Or a fixed bidding process? Wonder how many later donated to Conservatives or held fundraisers for them?

    Ahh the news guys, professionalizing the sleaze of the old guys…

    • I heard Tony built the gazebo on his own…well, maybe he had to get someone to pound the nails in for him.

      • Give a guy a break … he was busy watching his wife try to save someone
        who wasn't drowning. Worth a tweet.

    • Yup. I mean really, this: "The draft reveals that a local “G8 summit liaison and implementation team” — Industry Minister Tony Clement, the mayor of Huntsville, and the general manager of Deerhurst Resort which hosted the summit — chose the 32 projects that received funding." …is about as good a definition of "slush fund" as I've ever seen.

      I don't know if Stephen Harper is Boss Hogg or "Diamond" Joe Quimby, but hopefully this strips away some of the "competent manager" image that he maintains so meticulously.

      Interesting questions about the misleading of Parliament, as well.

      • And again, thanks to the source of this draft, we have no idea if the above statement would have been in the final report, or if it even vaguely reflects the truth.

  41. Wonder how many of those projects were awarded un-tendered to Conservative supporters? Or a fixed bidding process? Wonder how many later donated to Conservatives or held fundraisers for them?

    Ahh the news guys, professionalizing the sleaze of the old guys…

  42. "Concerned about integrity of our civil service ! "

    You may want to spare a bit of that concern towards whether our elected officials have integrity.

  43. Strange that we would call Toronto Hogtown, considering the amount of federal pork in Tony Clement's riding.

  44. Strange that we would call Toronto Hogtown, considering the amount of federal pork in Tony Clement's riding.

  45. Does it need to be more authentic than Dingwall's receipt for a pack of gum (for which he never submitted a claim for reimbusement)?

  46. yeah I thought he was in the war room pi$$ing in a pile of dirty laundry.

  47. Who says the leak was partisan? Last time I checked, non-partisan people want accountability for the use of public money even more than the partisans do.

    Case in point…

  48. Remember the environmental guy leaker a few years ago? He got perp-walked out of his office.

  49. So all that stuff in favour of whistlblowers is just window dressing?

  50. john g wants to see a perp walk!

  51. Surely a government facing the threat criminal charges on several fronts will drive off investors?

    Can the economy survive the instability such a CPC government would provide?

  52. Surely a government facing the threat criminal charges on several fronts will drive off investors?

    Can the economy survive the instability such a CPC government would provide?

  53. But … but … you're forgetting that S. Harper's G20 changed the world as we know it …

  54. I'd trust her before any Harperite.

  55. Have they asked for it to be released, or did they just lie that they had asked? Do not believe anything the Conservatives say.

  56. Yeah, she's a straight-shooter.

  57. Maybe he was to busy granting secret-level clearance to criminals in the PMO to prevent someone else from leaking it.

  58. He didn't even manage to buy himself a seat on the UN's Security Council.

  59. What are you talking about? What does whistleblowing have to do with anything here??? The final report was due to be released when Parliament resumed. The Liberals could have seen the report in full, with the rest of us, if they waited just a few more weeks before voting the government down, and then campaigned on it!

    But this? Who knows what this even is? All of it, some of it, or NONE of it might be in the final report. It's a DRAFT. For all we know it could have been written up from scratch by a CPC hating bureaucrat, knowing it's authenticity could NEVER be confirmed during the election because Fraser can't comment, and knowing that the CPC can't defend itself against cherry-picked, or even fabricated, fragments of a non-existent report.

    That's why you don't publicly release DRAFTS, especially during elections, and whoever released this should never work anywhere near the federal government ever again.

  60. So do I but we're probably thinking of different perps…

  61. They have asked for it to be released, this is true.

    No fan am I of Harper, but if the conclusions of this report are not accurate, that's not a good thing. Especially since this little tidbit has the potential to be a game-changer.

    I hope the truth of the matter, whichever way it comes down, comes out. I hope the final report, somehow, is released.

  62. If it was just a partisan election bomb based on false information, it isn't whistleblowing. If the report is accurate, it is whistleblowing. It's providing the Canadian public with very valuable information, information that otherwise would have been withheld to protect the government. Hopefully we'll know the truth of the matter soon.

  63. Interesting that all the other parties put their leaders out there to face the reporters and the Conservatives use John Baird.
    Gives Harper the cover that he never made any statements that may prove to be misleading.

  64. Interesting that all the other parties put their leaders out there to face the reporters and the Conservatives use John Baird.
    Gives Harper the cover that he never made any statements that may prove to be misleading.

    • He's a coward. But he claimed there was a contract about the F35s, didn't he, and that is a lie.

      • My mum always told us that bullies are also cowards; I believe our pm proves this theory.

        • Your mum was smart. I bet she voted NDP. :)

  65. I don't see how we can? Fraser cannot release the report without being in contempt of Parliament.

    information that otherwise would have been withheld to protect the government

    No. No, no, no, no, no. You should know better than that gbs. The information was not being withheld "to protect the government". It was being withheld because you can't table the report outside of Parliament, and the opposition weren't patient enough to wait the couple of weeks needed for it to be tabled in Parliament before they brought the house down. That does not give a "whistleblower" in the AG's office the right to leak an early draft which may or may not reflect the final report that we are not even allowed to see.

  66. Yup, the real scandal is having them overhyped overly expensive heads of states meetings. Ridiculous meetings.

  67. At least it's not the RCMP interfering in an election.

  68. …and reminds us all of just how well things went down in Toronto in the end.

  69. You are absolutely right that they should. People should be accountable for their actions.

    But it doesn't take anything away from the allegations that have come to light. Those need to be addressed too.

  70. He's a coward. But he claimed there was a contract about the F35s, didn't he, and that is a lie.

  71. It's worded in a way that would make the Liberals look guilty of trying to hide the report by calling an election.

    Either the spending just isn't as bad as the Liberals made it out to be, or the Conservatives are trying to make good on a potentially dangerous situation for them.

  72. Oh I'm in a good mood today, Jan. I'd like to see a perp dance!

  73. Could one of Bruce Carson's prostitutes friends have released this report?

  74. Could one of Bruce Carson's prostitutes friends have released this report?

  75. Absolutely they should…but not before the actual scope of the allegations are released or confirmed through official channels.

  76. Fair enough. I also acknowledge, sadly, that we can't see the final report so that we can determine the veracity of the information, having bounced around a few more sites to survey the situation. That said, the opposition might have been 'patient' enough to wait for the report, but they had no idea what was in it. And if they had waited, they'd have had to pass the budget they couldn't support and let the government off the hook on the contempt deal (and then their principles would have been brought into question because they sat on their hands and signed off on things they fundamentally disagreed with).

    I will agree that this is an unfortunate situation. If the report is true, the Conservatives should pay a price for it (hence, my sympathy for the 'whistleblowing'). If it's bogus, the Conservatives are going to catch sh*t for something that isn't true. The same thing happened to the Liberals in 2006 with that RCMP investigation. It's also extremely unfortunate that we won't know the truth of the matter until the House resumes.

    • Given that she can't release the report, I'm quite interested in hearing what she has to say… though it's probably just going to be an explanation why she can't say anything.

  77. Fraser or the speaker can easily "leak" the final report.

    Nobody seems to mind the false and incomplete draft was released.

    Release it Cats !!

  78. JG

    You're right Fraser can't release the report outside of parliament. But surely common sense would indicate that if this draft is seriously at odds with the final one that she speak up. Something along the lines of:

    " I deplore the early release of this draft document. Ordinarily i cannot comment, but in the interests of the public good and simple decency, i feel compelled to say this in no way reflects the final conclusion."

  79. She can't go that far. But she's already giving words to that effect:

    "I strongly caution the public to wait until our final report on the G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund"
    "Sometimes during the process of fact validation, additional information is brought to our attention"

    The above quotes from @RosieBarton

  80. I heard Tony built the gazebo on his own…well, maybe he had to get someone to pound the nails in for him.

  81. My mum always told us that bullies are also cowards; I believe our pm proves this theory.

  82. I meant the leaker.

  83. The Canadian Press story said that the draft was submitted by the AG office in Jan. 13.

    Why the long delay in the Government responding and releasing the report to parliament.

    Is Harper sitting on this?

    • No. It's a draft, meaning it doesn't get released. The final version was scheduled to be released, but the Liberals got impatient and decided to force an election instead.

  84. Given that she can't release the report, I'm quite interested in hearing what she has to say… though it's probably just going to be an explanation why she can't say anything.

  85. The Canadian Press story said that the draft was submitted by the AG office in Jan. 13.

    Why the long delay in the Government responding and releasing the report to parliament.

    Is Harper sitting on this?

  86. A congo line of perps…we can dream.

  87. Your mum was smart. I bet she voted NDP. :)

  88. LOL

  89. A good question for Paikin to ask Wherry tonight on Agenda would be what influence a left-leaning media and a left-leaning civil service have on the filtering of information that the public receives ?

    This must be a sad day for all of you good folks who bemoaned the perceived lack of Parliamentary Procedure the past few years. You must feel it is the road to anarchy when unelected officials are determining that a scheduled report to be released at Parliament`s request is hijacked for partisan reasons by an employee of that Parliament.

    • Hey. The unelected unofficial Conservative war room's Ryan Sparrow says he has a copy according to WK.

  90. A good question for Paikin to ask Wherry tonight on Agenda would be what influence a left-leaning media and a left-leaning civil service have on the filtering of information that the public receives ?

    This must be a sad day for all of you good folks who bemoaned the perceived lack of Parliamentary Procedure the past few years. You must feel it is the road to anarchy when unelected officials are determining that a scheduled report to be released at Parliament`s request is hijacked for partisan reasons by an employee of that Parliament.

  91. Yup. I mean really, this: "The draft reveals that a local “G8 summit liaison and implementation team” — Industry Minister Tony Clement, the mayor of Huntsville, and the general manager of Deerhurst Resort which hosted the summit — chose the 32 projects that received funding." …is about as good a definition of "slush fund" as I've ever seen.

    I don't know if Stephen Harper is Boss Hogg or "Diamond" Joe Quimby, but hopefully this strips away some of the "competent manager" image that he maintains so meticulously.

    Interesting questions about the misleading of Parliament, as well.

  92. Doing the "cabinet shuffle?'

  93. Hey. The unelected unofficial Conservative war room's Ryan Sparrow says he has a copy according to WK.

  94. True. I , for one, certainly regret the legacy Black/ Asper/ Peladeau munchkins that infest
    our public discourse. The Sun is about to rise. All will be well.

  95. It hasn't been denied. The government's claim is that there's a later version they like better, not that this version isn't authentic.

    In the biz, this constitutes a 'non-denial denial'.

  96. Actually, they can't. They'd be in contempt of parliament. Further, we won't know if the draft was false until we see the final report.

  97. Sorry John – that is the CPC interpretation / spin.
    what the AG said in that release was – in effect – I only satnd behind the final version of my reports.

    There is nothing there to infer – one way or the other – that the wording and conclusions on that particular audit were changed one jot or tickle…you and Clement and Baird are hung out to dry…indefinitely it seems!

  98. That's probably the best this honourable public servant can do with this mess. I agree with you, John. This isn't whistleblowing by any imaginative stretch of the definition of whistleblowing. This is making an unnecessary mess, and Ms. Fraser deserves better than to be dragged into it. If the source of the leak can be identified, then their fired ass can be brought up on contempt of Parliament charges in a few weeks.

  99. From the article linked above:

    However, a Jan. 13 draft of the chapter on the G8 legacy infrastructure fund was obtained by a supporter of an opposition party and shown to The Canadian Press.

  100. From the article linked above:

    However, a Jan. 13 draft of the chapter on the G8 legacy infrastructure fund was obtained by a supporter of an opposition party and shown to The Canadian Press.

  101. Whoever leaked this isn't a "whistleblower". They were identified as working for an opposition party. They chose to release a draft report, not the final version. And their only motivations for doing so are to change the results of the election. And what whistle is being blown? The AG wrote the report, and will release it according to whatever rules govern such matters. The Leaker is the one breaking the law here. And they're doing so with the goal of undermining our democracy. I should hope they're tracked down and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  102. And again, thanks to the source of this draft, we have no idea if the above statement would have been in the final report, or if it even vaguely reflects the truth.

  103. No. It's a draft, meaning it doesn't get released. The final version was scheduled to be released, but the Liberals got impatient and decided to force an election instead.

  104. Yeah, that was quite a "legacy" left in Toronto!

  105. Chicken dance?

    • Brilliant!

  106. To bad Ms. Fraser takes contempt more seriously than Harper.

  107. Chicken dance?

  108. If the opposition thought that there was something to gain politically by having their majority Committee members vote contempt on Ms. Fraser, then they would.

  109. If the opposition thought that there was something to gain politically by having their majority Committee members vote contempt on Ms. Fraser, then they would.

  110. Gah – says John Baird in today's Globe:

    "Mr. Baird said the money was used in part to build or improve on infrastructure linked directly to the summit, while the rest of the fund was a gift to the region.

    “We did a bit of sprucing up to a part of Canada that is beautiful,” he said. “There were legacy funds to thank the greater region of Muskoka for hosting the summit.”

    Legacy funds? To THANK the region?!?

    Those bastards wouldn't even compensate small Toronto businesses for their smashed windows and lost business. But in Tony Clement's riding they handed out millions of dollars in investment as "thanks"? For what? For hosting the summit? For minor inconveniences?

    No, they're thanking people in Tony Clement's riding for voting Conservative.These days, I don't even get mad at this stuff. I'm just ever-amazed at the shamelessness of our Conservative government and their total disregard for their responsibilities.

  111. Gah – says John Baird in today's Globe:

    "Mr. Baird said the money was used in part to build or improve on infrastructure linked directly to the summit, while the rest of the fund was a gift to the region.

    “We did a bit of sprucing up to a part of Canada that is beautiful,” he said. “There were legacy funds to thank the greater region of Muskoka for hosting the summit.”

    Legacy funds? To THANK the region?!?

    Those bastards wouldn't even compensate small Toronto businesses for their smashed windows and lost business. But in Tony Clement's riding they handed out millions of dollars in investment as "thanks"? For what? For hosting the summit? For minor inconveniences?

    No, they're thanking people in Tony Clement's riding for voting Conservative.These days, I don't even get mad at this stuff. I'm just ever-amazed at the shamelessness of our Conservative government and their total disregard for their responsibilities.

  112. (I got your OJ joke.)

  113. Give a guy a break … he was busy watching his wife try to save someone
    who wasn't drowning. Worth a tweet.

  114. Where is Harper?. Every time the sh-t hits the fan he sends out Baird to fend off the media. Guess he figured there would be way more then 5 questions and the media wasn't going to pick straws.
    He's the most cowardly PM in history

    • That's what all bullies and cowards do.

  115. Where is Harper?. Every time the sh-t hits the fan he sends out Baird to fend off the media. Guess he figured there would be way more then 5 questions and the media wasn't going to pick straws.
    He's the most cowardly PM in history

  116. Seems you're fine when the motive is to change the result of an election in your favour, sours. If the gov't had a copy of this draft for over a month but were making it conveniently underwraps, that kind of makes their whole dealings in parliament suspicious, doncha think? We know they were ramped up for an election despite denying the exact fact. I got my first CON flyer the morning that parliament collapsed.
    Of course, now that you're in government whistleblowers are the enemy. What happened to that 'highest regard' for those who stand up when things aren't right? Now that its Harper and hookers running amok with the Canadian bankroll that's being exposed, I'm not surprised that you're trying to shoot the messenger. I suggest look in the mirror instead, then fire…

  117. And you were right on the front lines yelling — wait! wait to see the results of that RCMP investigation, people! A strange confirmation of an investigation is no way to influence our democratic process!…
    Oh right, you didn't.
    Keep trumping up the guilt of the whistleblower. It's like putting dayglo paint on a pig…

  118. I think you need to lay off the pipe. The government wasn't keeping anything under wraps, they were waiting for the scheduled release of the document. That's not suspicious, that's the way the system works.

  119. It's not the meeting. It's the 1 billion it cost us tax payers. If you want security and you're meeting in Canada go north for heavens sake. Go to a mountain top, go to Sable island, go to just about anywhere in Canada except our largest city. Who made this crazy decision anyway?

  120. That's what all bullies and cowards do.

  121. Our money went to renovate the Deer Hurst in that went up for sale just after the G2 , follow the money , its all smoke and mirror , they only want us to know what the want us to know , they are all liars

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