Monday, April 11, 2011

I feel dizzy...

Auditor General Sheila Fraser has written a scathing letter rebuking the Conservatives for misquoting her in a parliamentary report on the costs of the G8/G20 summits in Toronto last summer, CBC News has learned.
The Conservatives' report, presented as a dissenting opinion to the Commons the morning Parliament was dissolved last month, quotes Fraser giving high marks to the Harper government for prudent spending on the summits.
The report quoted the auditor general as saying: “We found that the processes and controls around that were very good, and that the monies were spent as they were intended to be spent.”
But in her letter addressed to members of a Commons committee on Friday, which was received by the clerk and members on Monday, Fraser said the quote had nothing to do with the summits.
Instead, she said, the Conservatives recycled an old comment she made on security spending by a previous Liberal government after the 9/11 terrorist attacks a decade ago.
“The comments attributed to me in the [Conservative] report are completely unrelated to G8/G20 spending,” Fraser writes in her letter.
“I would appreciate it if the report could be modified as it is clearly erroneous.”

And yet enough Canadians will probably vote them into office again for at least a minority, thereby all but completing this country's political trephination.


West End Bob said...


Great word, Boris!

I confess to having to look it up, but it definitely fits in the context of your post . . .

Dana said...

And his approval numbers will rise again...

I would never in a hundred lifetimes have believed that Canada could be populated by so many really, profoundly stupid people.

We now officially can no longer satirize other countries political culture.

Very, very sad disheartening times.

CK said...

yep, I love how Canadians will sacrifice anything and all just to never go to the polls again.

All I hear is the incessant whining of 'unnecessary election'. I'm sick of it! Going to the supermarket is more traumatizing as is refilling my prescriptions.

As for the right, it's more than about never going to the polls again; they're on the cusp of destroying everything Douglas and Pearson brought in for that neo-con utopia that they don't want anything to get in the way of that.

Sad, frightening and despicable!

Dana said...

I find it difficult to refrain from spitting at people.

kirbycairo said...

No journalist in the country that I have seen has asked anyone in the Conservative party how exactly this happens "by mistake." You don't just accidentally put a quote in a report that was made years previously about another party. This is very basic deception.

@Dana - I think this will be worse for Harper than some of the other things. Eventually it will pull him down out of majority territory. And that is all we need for now because it means the end of Harper. One more Minority and that will be it for Harper. And given his centralizing style his departure will leave a large power vacuum and if Kenny takes over from Harper then it means a long period in the wilderness for the Cons.

Holly Stick said...

Guess what? They falsified a quote from Kevin Page too:

"...The document suggests Mr. Page gave security costs for the summits a passing grade after they were held, when in fact the quotation the Conservatives attribute to him was plucked from a report on government estimates he prepared before the meetings were held last June..."