An aerospace company received two multimillion-dollar contracts from the federal government after one of its executives donated to the Conservatives, The Canadian Press has learned. But Nicola Papiccio said his donations, which totalled $1,500, had nothing to do with his then-employer getting the contracts, and he says he didn't donate to curry favour with the government. Public Works awarded Rheinmetall Canada two contracts worth a total of $36 million in 2009, when Christian Paradis was minister at the department. Ten days before the second contract was awarded, Papiccio donated $1,000 to the Conservative riding association in the minister's constituency.
Somewhere out there Con supporters are softly whimpering "Adscam" into tear-stained pillows, their soft and tender principles sore from lashings by the spirit of Liberals' past.