“We will not release or comment on our audit report on the G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund. Under the Auditor General Act, we can only present reports when Parliament is sitting. The Office of the Auditor General of Canada remains the custodian of its reports until they are presented to the Speaker of the House of Commons for tabling.”
-Auditor General Sheila Fraser
Funny, ain’t it, how just when the Terrifying Tory Majority™ was starting to look more and more likely (uh, waitaminit, wasn’t the Tory campaign supposed to be stalled??), out of nowhere pops up one of those handy-dandy “leaked documents” that news outlets love so much.
Next thing you know, it’s all AHA! AHA! GOTCHA!GOTCHA!GOTCHA!
Gimme a friggin’ break.
CP supposedly has a draft of a confidential report Sheila Fraser was to have tabled in Parliament on April 5. Now they’re claiming that:
The Harper government misinformed Parliament to win approval for a $50-million G8 fund that lavished money on dubious projects in a Conservative riding, the auditor general has concluded.
And she suggests the process by which the funding was approved may have been illegal.
Well, now. Ain’t that just some damning stuff, huh? The only fly in the ointment seems to be that the AG doesn’t want to go along with the little dog and pony show. Unfortunately, the law does not allow her to come right out and address this head-on, but there are a few things that she can say: (more…)