Auditor Blasts Lack of Transparency in Doling out Generous G8 Funds

Stephen Harper tours future grouds of G8 summit

By Daniel Leblanc and Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail, 09 June 2011

The Conservatives hid their true intentions from Parliament when they funneled $50-million in discretionary spending in the riding of Treasury Board President Tony Clement and shielded the spending from normal checks and balances.

In her final report to Parliament, Auditor-General Sheila Fraser comes down hard on the so-called G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund, saying the “government was not being transparent about its purpose” as its obtained approval for the funding.

The controversial program was 10 times more generous than similar initiatives tied to previous summits of world leaders in Alberta and Quebec. [...]


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