Where’d you really put that $50 million, Mr. Harper?

Posted on April 11, 2011

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First the Conservatives lie to Parliament about what the Auditor-General said.  (And get a letter in strong rebuke from the Auditor General because of it.)  Then we find out that Harper’s Conservative government was using G-8 funding money as a sort of political slush fund for cabinet minister Tony Clement.

A leaked A-G report mentions some of the more outrageous (and perhaps illegal) spending by Harper’s Conservatives:

•$274,000 on public toilets 20 km from the G-8 summit site.

•$100,000 on a gazebo an hour’s drive away.

•$1.1 million for sidewalk and tree upgrades 100 km away.

•$194,000 for a park 100 km away.

•$745,000 on downtown improvements for three towns nearly 70 km away.

Sweet for Tony Clement and the Conservative Party.  They’ll probably get re-elected in Clement’s riding given all the tax money which has been spent there.

Not so sweet for the Canadians who have to foot the bill.

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See http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/11/cv-election-ag-report-reaction-1244.html

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/972725–tories-under-attack-over-bombshell-g8-spending-report

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