1. Highly questionable and unnecessary spending by the Prime Minister's office uncovered. Taxpayer dollars wasted in a p.r. show for the Prime Minister, delivering an economic update that should properly have been done in Parliament:
The Harper government spent well over $100,000 staging a one-hour event in June to deliver an update on its efforts to help the recession-ravaged economy.
Invoices obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act show a nominal bill to taxpayers of $108,000 for the carefully scripted "town hall" meeting in Cambridge, Ont.
"It fits in with a whole pattern with this government where they are basically using tax dollars to promote themselves to voters," said Gerry Nicholls of the right-wing web portal Libertaspost.com.During a year of record unemployment, bankruptcies and an exploding federal deficit, such moneys should not be spent by a prudent government that cares about our tax dollars. It's not defensible in these economic times when a statement could easily have been rendered in the House of Commons and should properly have been delivered there given its status as a report to Parliament in any event. And the bill was likely much more than $108,000 for that hour long event. As the report notes, there are other costs unaccounted for. Extrapolate these costs too over multiple prime ministerial showy events.
"That's clearly wrong. It's clearly a waste of tax dollars."
2. Secondly, there are questions being raised about a Conservative Senator's connections to the awarding of a Montreal infrastructure contract. Could be yet another ethics investigation in the offing on this one. From CP tonight:
A Montreal firm landed a federal stimulus contract while a top Tory organizer and senator was on the payroll, The Canadian Press has learned.Just in time for the House of Commons to resume its sittings...that narrative may just keep writing itself.
Senator Leo Housakos's employer, BPR Inc., was part of a consortium that won a $1.4-million engineering contract to study the future of Montreal's aging Champlain Bridge.