Harper government misled Parliament on G8 spending: AG

Auditor-General’s report suggests Conservatives may have broken the law

A draft of a confidential report by Auditor-General Sheila Fraser seen by The Canadian Press alleges the Harper government misinformed Parliament, and may have broken the law, in order to win approval for a $50-million G8 fund. Fraser’s report, which is not due to be released until after the May 2 election, reveals that Industry Minister Tony Clement, Huntsville’s mayor and the general manager of Deerhurst Resort chose 32 projects that would receive the funding without regard to government criteria or the needs of the summit. Huntsville is in Tony Clement’s riding, and the Industry Minister has been accused of showering the Conservative riding with funds for questionable projects in the run-up to the G8 Summit at Deerhurst Resort.

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