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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Contempt For Parliament

Habamus Rodentum has done something that the mainstream media couldn't be bothered with - actually read and report on the contents of the Kroll report. While CBC and CTV reported that the actual figure for Adscam was $355, it did not occur to them to report how the Liberals managed to get millions in extra funding through without the approval of parliament - which is required under the Constitution Act.

The Kroll Report (KR) has indicated that the amount of $355 million, $105 million over the Auditor General's amount, was increased because other funding was given by various departments of the Liberal government for SPS (Special Programs & Sponsorship) on top of the that given within the Public Works budget for SPS.

Any requests for money, under Treasury Board rules, were supposed to document what the money was to be used for by segregating the budget for each use. This was not done but allowed to pass through the [Treasury Board] and PMO's office for authorization to spend, bypassing Parliament.

Anything that was submitted to Parliament for SPS spending did not contain appropriate details in "Reports on Plans and Priorities" (RPP’s), "which include the individual expenditure plans for each department". Any increased spending over the budget does not have spending authority and has to go back to Parliament to be voted on.

The big story of the Kroll testimony yesterday wasn't the extra $105 million - it was the fact that parliament was misled. This wasn't the work of a few "rogue" ad executives or civil servants. The extra-parliamentary spending - or as "habamusrodentum" puts it, "a fraud against the government" - was directed by the Prime Minister, the Treasury Board and Public Works Minister.

Posted by Kate McMillan on May 25, 2005 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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I think any missing information is more due to the fact that TV news is terrible and not every or any facts are presented in a 30 second news clip except the biggest dollar amount. Big numbers = big story. Clearly parliament was mislead be the whole damn thing.

Posted by: Winston | 2005-05-25 10:09:31 AM

Can I come live in Alberta when they kick me out of Ontario?

Posted by: Habamus Rodentum | 2005-05-25 10:37:24 AM

Who will offer a second opinion, a third opinion, a fourth opinion?

Are there lawyers reading this blog?

Who will take this on, pro bono?

Will this blog and commenters and others begin lawsuits against The Liberal Party of Canada, Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, the Privy Council of
Canada, and all Liberal Senators and Members of Parliament, and all else who can be named?

Forget the RCMP, they are fatally compromised.

Who will defend Canadians?

Only the Canadian people can defend themselves.

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-25 10:47:25 AM

Habamus Rodentum,

Come on down! We'd love to have you.

Posted by: Strong and Free in AB | 2005-05-25 11:01:06 AM

I got that Ian Tyson song in my head...guess I'll head out to Alberta...

I'm still working on clarification of the stuff in the report since we aren't allowed to get the schedules because they are used as evidence in the Gomery Commission.

Keep an eye on where and how that extra $105 million got into the SPS budget and why the details were not given and authorized by Parliament. I wish we could see the schedules

Posted by: habamusrodentum | 2005-05-27 11:06:19 PM

Oh yeah...it was kinda of left out of media reports that the Liberals budgeted themselves $1.1 billion for advertising. Vickers & Bensen was the top recipient of advertising contracts.I couldn't gather if that $1.1 billion had Parliamentary approval either, but I'll ask. I added it in my post but sometimes all that info gets lost when reading. It's somewhat complicated.

Approx. $16.5 was used from that $1.1 billion to fund SPS.

Posted by: habamusrodentum | 2005-05-27 11:12:37 PM

habamusrodentum: no, Ontarians are no longer welcome in Alberta. You people have done enough to us to warrant extreme measures. Someday soon, when Alberta secedes, all Ontario people will be removed and sent back to Toronto. Enough is enough.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-05-27 11:17:49 PM

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