Musings —04.11.2011 12:24 PM—
Ryan Sparrow is a member of the Conservative Party’s war room, as seen here and here and here. He is the party’s spokesman, and is not a PMO employee or a ministerial staffer. He is not an MP, or someone who would have received an A.G.’s report in advance.
Why, then, does partisan hack – one who is not held in the highest regard by many – have a copy of the Auditor General’s report on allegedly unlawful G8 spending? How did that happen, exactly? When Stockwell Day made “criminal” allegations about Jean Chretien in the 2000 campaign, none of us in the war room saw the report clearing Chretien in advance – we got it when the media and Day did.
That’s not all. Why were the AG’s tough comments – eg., “we are concerned” – apparently excised from the final draft? Did Conservative Party employees push for that? Who else in CPC HQ has seen the various drafts? Isn’t that contempt of Parliament?
Man oh man, I’ll bet my Con pals would like to see Senator Finlay back running things. Again.
Tories left scrambling after leak of G8 report, call for release of final draft (FedElxn)
Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 11, 2011 12:37
OTTAWA – The Conservative election campaign is in full damage-control mode following a bombshell report from the auditor general that’s critical of government spending during last June’s G8 meeting.
An early draft of the report, a chapter of which has been seen by The Canadian Press, accuses the government of misinforming Parliament to win approval of a $50-million fund for spending in Industry Minister Tony Clement’s riding.
Fraser suggests the process by which the funding was approved may have been illegal.
The Conservatives themselves want Auditor General Sheila Fraser to release the final version of the report before Tuesday night’s federal leaders’ debate.
Tory spokesman Ryan Sparrow says the draft report does not reflect the final report, which was shelved until after the May 2 election.
Sparrow says the government is prepared to facilitate the final report’s release, which he says would also require the consent of the Speaker.
News of the report landed like a bombshell on the federal campaign trail.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff echoed the call for the report’s release and accused the Conservatives of showing contempt for Parliament and for Canadians.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe also called for the report to be released before Tuesday night’s English leaders’ debate.
INDEX: NATIONAL POLITICS
© 2011 The Canadian Press