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A Liberal Record That Apparently Makes Liberals Proud


So it’s about “accountability”, huh?

That’s delightful.

Bring. It. On.

Paul Martin’s “accountability” began 12 years ago. He became a cabinet minister on November 4th, 1993

Points to consider – A Partial List of Liberal Scandals
Over the Last 12 Years:

  1. Cancelling the Sea King replacement
  2. Sponsorship scandal
  3. Gun Registry
  4. HRDC boondoggle
  5. Problems with Transition Job Funds program
  6. Tainted blood
  7. Radwanski Spending Affair
  8. Pearson Airport
  9. GST Flip Flop
  10. Airbus Investigation
  11. Voting against Red Book promise of independent Ethics Commissioner
  12. Irving fishing lodge stays/travel on Irving jets for cabinet ministers
  13. Martin traveling on private corporate jets as Finance Minister
  14. Don Boudria’s stay at Boulay owned chalet
  15. Denis Coderre staying with Boulay
  16. Alfonso Gagliano being appointed Ambassador to Denmark
  17. Shawinigate
  18. Claude Gauthier (PM’s friend)’s Transelec getting CIDA grant
    that was questioned by the Auditor General and even CIDA.
  19. Liberal fundraiser Pierre Corbeil charged with fraud by RCMP after he approached
    several Quebec companies seeking federal job training grants and asking for
    payments to Liberal Party, having gotten the names from senior Quebec Liberal
    Minister, Marcel Massé.
  20. Michel Dupuy, Heritage Minister, lobbying the CRTC.
  21. Tom Wappel refusing to help blind veteran
  22. Gagliano’s son benefiting from contracts from his father’s department
  23. Gagliano’s former speechwriter, Michèle Tremblay was on a $5,000
    a month retainer with the Canada Lands Company to provide speeches for the
    Minister. Former President John Grant let her go saying “we got nothing
    in return.” Grant claimed that all Crown Corporations reporting to Mr.
    Gagliano were told to put Ms. Tremblay on a monthly retainer.
  24. Iltis replacement
  25. Purchase of new Challenger jets for the Prime Minister and cabinet
  26. NATO Flying Training program contract
  27. Liberal friends appointed as IRB judges being investigated by RCMP
  28. Hedy Fry’s imaginary burning crosses
  29. Maria Minna’s improper municipal vote
  30. Minna giving contracts to two former campaign staffers for public relations
    work for a conference that had already been held
  31. Lawrence MacAulay and contracts directed to Holland College
  32. Lawrence MacAulay and Tim Banks
  33. Lawrence MacAulay hired his official agent, Everett Roche, for $70K, but
    Roche never did any work for it. (Oct 2002)
  34. Art Eggleton and contracts to his ex-girlfriend
  35. Copps’ aide Boyer’s spending habits
  36. Collenette resigns for breach of ethical guidelines involving a letter
    he wrote to the Immigration and Refugee Board
  37. APEC Inquiry
  38. Andy Scott’s 1998 resignation that came eight weeks too late, after a media
    circus wore him down for indiscreetly shooting his mouth off on an airplane.
  39. Anti-American comments by Liberal MPs, officials, and the former Minister
    of Natural Resources.
  40. Rock and the Apotex/Cipro affair
  41. Rock giving Health Canada contract to car cleaning company.
  42. Manley lobbying CIBC on behalf of Rod Bryden
  43. Manley’s fundraiser suggesting donors to his leadership write it off
    as a business expense.
  44. Manley using his pre-budget consultations as Minister of Finance to solicit
    support for his leadership bid.
  45. Coderre’s relationship with Group Everest
  46. Martin’s fundraiser/employee of Finance Jim Palmer
  47. Martin’s “blind trust” and his relationship with CSL.
  48. Gerry Byrne requesting fundraising money be sent to his home address, with
    no records kept.
  49. Gerry Byrne pouring bulk of ACOA money into his own riding.
  50. Virginia Fontaine Addictions Foundation
  51. Prime Minister’s former assistant, Denise Tremblay’s huge travel
    expenses on Veterans Review and Appeal Board as Minister pleaded poverty to
    veterans’ widows.
  52. Chrétien appointing Hon. Roger Simmons (former Trudeau minister
    convicted of income tax evasion) as Consul-General in Seattle
  53. Chrétien trying to bring hit-and-run driver Carignan back into caucus.
  54. The RCMP is investigating possible fraud and bribery within Industry Canada,
    involving possible "overpayments" to recipients of federal business
    grants. The probe centres on the National Research Council, which hands out
    federal grants to small- and medium-sized businesses.
  55. More than half a dozen bureaucrats have been "removed" from their
    jobs at a Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) in Toronto following a
    police investigation into projects funded under one of the department’s grants
    and contributions programs
  56. Revenue Minister Elinor Caplan called in the RCMP and ordered a sweeping
    security review after four tax department computers were stolen containing
    confidential personal information on more than 120,000 Canadians.
  57. More than $7 billion stashed in Foundations by Finance Minister Paul Martin
    with little or no accountability
  58. Dhaliwal overseing Richmond-airport-Vancouver transit line while being
    owner of the airport limousine service
  59. Tom Rosser, former Dhaliwal advisor lobbying Natural Resources department
    and minister on environmental issues only months after leaving government.
  60. $5.3 million GG northern travel
  61. GG budget doubles in 5 years
  62. Robert Thibault giving a grant as ACOA minister to a wharf and boatyard
    where his brother-in-law has a monopoly.
  63. Royal LePage contract, which the government was forced to cancel in the
    wake of serious concerns being raised.
  64. Shutting down the Somalia Inquiry
  65. Home heating rebate, which was sent to prisoners and deceased.
  66. Martin firing Bernard Dussault, Chief Actuary of CPP
  67. Ethel Blondin-Andrew buys fur coat on government credit card
  68. Chrétien’s imaginary homeless friend.
  69. Liberal MP Rick Laliberte’s extensive travel budget
  70. Liberal Senator Thompson living in Mexico
  71. Vendetta against former BDC President François Beaudoin
  72. The flag give-away – which estimates suggest might now have cost $45
    million instead of the promised $6 million, and reportedly involved fake invoices.
  73. Gagliano’s two week trip, at taxpayers’ expense, for a two day
    event with the head of the Royal Canadian Mint and Maurizio Caruso.
  74. Secretary of State for multiculturalism and status of women Sheila Finestone
    using government car (which junior ministers are only allowed to use for government
    business) to drive home to Montreal, which even Sheila Copps criticized. (Ottawa
    Citizen, May 22, 1994)
  75. Liberal MP Jag Bhaduria’s hate mail to his former employers, wishing
    that they had been shot by killer Marc Lepine
  76. Liberal MP Jag Bhaduria making false claims about his academic qualifications.
  77. Paul Martin and Maria Minna attending fundraising dinner for group linked
    to Tamil Tigers in May 2000 (National Post, Sept. 8th, 2001).
  78. David Anderson, as National Revenue Minister, suing the government for
    lost wages after being removed as IRB appointee by Conservative government
    seeking $454,000 from a deficit-ravaged federal treasury. (Vancouver Sun,
    July 24, 2004). Anderson eventually agreed to drop the suit.
  79. David Anderson suggesting that the BC doesn’t need extra House of
    Commons seats, because they wouldn’t be worth much given the poor quality
    of most West Coast MPs. (Vancouver Sun, July 24, 2004)
  80. A consultant on an executive interchange program persuaded Natural Resources
    to undertake a $700-million reorganization of its research facilities for
    which no business case had been made. The program was fast-tracked because
    he had developed a social relationship with the deputy minister. He was eventually
    charged with diverting $525,000 to a numbered company he controlled. (Globe
    and Mail, May 30, 2005)

    And the list continues under Prime Minister Martin:

  81. Raid on reporter Juliet O’Neill’s home by RCMP
  82. Permanent Resident Cards
  83. Judy Sgro going on vacation as cards became mandatory and landed immigrants
    were left stranded
  84. Minister Frulla’s renovations
  85. Pay raises for chiefs-of-staff in ministers offices, while spending is
    frozen for public service.
  86. The government’s changing numbers on how much money has gone to CSL
  87. Lobbyists in Paul Martin’s transition team being allowed to return
    to lobbying immediately, after being involved in process of picking new cabinet
    and senior staff.
  88. Minister Comuzzi’s anti-Quebec comments
  89. Martin government using closure after only six days in the House of Commons,
    followed by using time allocation in the Senate.
  90. Problems with DND’s contracts with Compaq Computers that may have
    cost taxpayers up to $159 million for work not performed.
  91. Martin using government jets to tour the country campaigning before election,
    spending up to $1 million for air travel alone.
  92. Martin’s relationship with Earnscliffe
  93. Questionable contracts to Earnscliffe
  94. The appointment of former Liberal MLA Howard Sapers as the Correctional
    Investigator of Canada
  95. Pierre Pettigrew’s flip flopping on health care
  96. David Dingwall’s expenses as head of Royal Canadian Mint
  97. Liberals planning to give David Dingwall a severance package after he resigned
  98. The secret National Unity Fund reserve
  99. Calling an early election after earlier promising first to get to the bottom
    of the sponsorship scandal
  100. Martin suggesting changes to legislation and introducing bill that benefited
    CSL, despite concerns from his own Deputy Minister that he was in a conflict-of-interest
    (Ottawa Citizen, May 26, 2004)
  101. $99 million Public Works contract that went to company overseen by Liberal
    fundraiser and future Senator Paul Massicotte (Montreal Gazette, June 26,
  102. Parliamentary Secretary Dan McTeague’s 3-person, $224 trip to a Pizzeria
  103. Immigration Minister Judy Sgro’s staff being allowed to stay on “extended
    travel” benefits, letting them bill taxpayers’ for thousands of
    dollars in hotel rooms and meals, because they didn’t want to move from
    Toronto to Ottawa until after the election.
  104. Correctional Service of Canada Commissioner Lucie McClung’s travel
  105. Contracting irregularities on more than two dozen projects at DND worth
    tens of millions of dollars, showing over-billing, profit excesses, unauthorized
    additional work, lack of accounting records, spiralling cost overruns, etc.
    (Globe and Mail, July 14, 2004).
  106. ACOA Minister Joe McGuire canceling ACOA loan and grant to ABL Industries
    Inc. because it would compete with company in his riding. (Fredericton Daily
    Gleaner, July 17, 2004).
  107. Andy Mitchell’s chief of staff’s $22,000 in expenses to commute
    to Ottawa (Toronto Star, August 2, 2004).
  108. André Ouellet’s travel and hospitality expenses at Canada Post.
  109. Government delaying release of audit on Ouellet until after the election
    (Globe and Mail, July 31, 2004).
  110. Martin’s principle secretary Francis Fox’s sister getting untendered
    contracts (The Province, July 27, 2004).
  111. Continuing problems in advertising files at Public Works (Ottawa Sun, July
    26, 2004).
  112. A Liberal Party of Canada fundraising letter signed by Paul Martin, asking
    potential contributors to offer $7,000, $7,100 or $7,200 in contributions
    – far in excess of donation limits passed by the very same Liberal government
  113. Liberal Senator Raymond Lavigne violating municipal bylaws. Municipality
    pursuing legal action against him. (Ottawa Citizen, August 19, 2004).
  114. Spa Days for inmates approved by the Correctional Service of Canada, which
    on Aug. 21 invited inmates at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener,
    Ont., to dabble with manicures, pedicures and aromatherapy, not to mention
    cups of tea served in fine china, all accompanied by a harp serenade. (National
    Post, September 9, 2004).
  115. Five employees in the ”overwhelmed” immigration section of Canada’s embassy
    in Iran have been fired over the past year after they each were caught breaching
    federal ethics rules (National Post, September 13, 2004).
  116. Questionable contracts and spending from the Canada Investment and Savings
    group set up by Martin in 1996 (Globe and Mail, September 13, 2004)
  117. Questionable contracting practices at Canada Information Office (The Hill
    Times, September 13, 2004).
  118. A top Canadian diplomat based in China has resigned amid reports he is
    being investigated for allegedly taking bribes to help Chinese nationals enter
    Canada illegally. (Vancouver Sun, September 22, 2004).
  119. Abuse of government credit cards by staff at Fisheries Department (CP Wire,
    September 24, 2004).
  120. Canada’s questionable hiring of the niece of Syria’s foreign affairs
    minister to work at the embassy in Damascus (Globe and Mail, October 5, 2004)
  121. Hélène Scherrer using Challenger to fly to Banff during election
    to give partisan speech
  122. Abuse of Challengers by Paul Martin and various ministers (eg. Andy Mitchell,
    Claudette Bradshaw)
  123. Abuse of Challenger jets for political business instead of government business
    (Le Devoir, October 4, 2005)
  124. Paul Martin taking Challenger jets to Liberal fundraisers
  125. Challenger food bill of $508 per flight
  126. Expenses during election filed by aide to Ralph Goodale
  127. Questionable expenses during election filed by aides to Judy Sgro
  128. Ongoing problems and safety concerns with the submarine program
  129. Various federal departments reported in excess of $1.1 million in theft
    of computers in 2003, but the information is potentially more valuable than
    the hardware (Vancouver Sun, October 14, 2004).
  130. According to the latest public-accounts-of-Canada reports for the period
    March 2004 and March 2005, over 700 laptops, desktops and central processing
    units went missing from 35 federal government agencies — worth $6 million.
    (The Province, October 19, 2005)
  131. Federal government has lost track of $587 million a year in EI overpayments
    and underpayments at the Department of Human Resources. (Ottawa Citizen, October
    12, 2004). However, the government defends itself by stating that in fact
    it has only lost track of $25 million a year and collects the other overpayments.
    (Ottawa Citizen, October 13, 2004)
  132. $133,000 grant to a Toronto film company that used classified ads to search
    for the "perfect" penis. (National Post, October 14, 2004).
  133. Man convicted of fraud against government hired to teach ethics course
    to public servants (National Post, October 20, 2004).
  134. Public Works selling confiscated grow-op equipment to drug traffickers.
    (National Post, October 21, 2004).
  135. Pressure by Liberal MPs and ministers on ACOA to make funding decisions
    based on politics (New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, October 25, 2004).
  136. Paul Martin’s Director of Communications Scott Reid insulting Premier
    of Newfoundland and Labrador (Toronto Star, October 28, 2004)
  137. The Martin government spent $127,223 on a poll last February testing ways
    to diffuse negative reaction to the bombshell auditor-general’s report —
    which included the finding the Liberals ignored their own rules prohibiting
    the use of tax dollars on partisan polls (Vancouver Sun, November 8, 2004).
  138. Judy Sgro’s campaign volunteer (a stripper) getting ministerial permit
  139. Sgro’s senior policy advisor going to strip club to meet with owner
    to discuss bringing more strippers into Canada. (National Post, November 25,
    2004). Subsequent revelations indicate that he went to at least one other
    strip club to conduct similar meetings (Toronto Sun, December 7, 2004)
  140. Sgro giving out details of private immigration files, violating Privacy
  141. Allegations that Sgro broke the elections law in failing to properly identify
    the source of a campaign contribution. (Toronto Star, December 8, 2004).
  142. Revelations that the program to bring in foreign exotic dancers was created
    under pressure from organized crime (National Post, December 18, 2004)
  143. Irwin Cotler appointing his former chief-of-staff to federal court (National
    Post, November 23, 2004).
  144. Heritage Minister Liza Frulla giving grant to magazine that put her on
    the cover and made her honourary president (Ottawa Citizen, November 25, 2004)
  145. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing Liberal
    MP John Harvard as Lt-Governor of Manitoba, in order to get him to step aside
    for “star” candidate Glen Murray.
  146. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing Liberal
    MP Yvon Charbonneau to UNESCO, in order to get him to step aside for Martin
    crony Pablo Rodriguez.
  147. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing former
    Liberal MP Karen Kraft-Sloan as Ambassador for the Environment. (Department
    of Foreign Affairs Press Release, February 16, 2005).
  148. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointing defeated
    Liberal candidate Dave Haggard as the chair of a newly created Advisory Committee
    on Apprenticeship. (OIC 2005-0001)
  149. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed his
    friend Dennis Dawson to the Senate
  150. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed his
    former Principal Secretary Francis Fox to the Senate
  151. Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed disgraced
    former cabinet minister Art Eggleton to the Senate
  152. Martin and his wife complaining about having to live in 24 Sussex (Edmonton
    Journal, November 17, 2004)
  153. Millennium Bureau spending done with same lack of controls and oversight
    of sponsorship program
  154. The RCMP has charged a senior Immigration Canada manager and four accomplices
    in an alleged bribes-for-status scheme in which Arab immigrants paid up to
    $25,000 to have their claims fast-tracked and approved (National Post, December
    17, 2004)
  155. Making widows of RCMP officers killed in the line of duty pay for their
    husbands’ funerals (Under pressure from the Conservative Party, the government
    reversed this policy)
  156. Martin patronage-appointee Jim Walsh breaking ethics guidelines and attending
    Liberal Christmas Party (St. John’s Telegram, January 20, 2005).
  157. Port authority losing more than $60,000 in public funds on the stock market.
    When Central Cape Breton Community Ventures took over the port in Iona in
    2000, the private agency deposited only $5,000 of the $245,000 it received
    from Transport Canada into a designated bank account. The federal funding
    was meant to cover the port’s maintenance, insurance and professional services
    costs (Chronicle-Herald, January 31, 2005).
  158. Canadian flag lapel pins being made in China. Only under pressure, Scott
    Brison flip flops and agrees to have them made in Canada again.
  159. Questionable dealings around the privatization of the Digby Wharf, which
    even Liberal MP Robert Thibault wants the RCMP to investigate (Chronicle-Herald,
    February 10, 2005).
  160. Adrienne Clarkson spending $17,500 to evaluate cleaning at Rideau Hall
    (Ottawa Sun, February 19, 2005)
  161. Martin patronage appointee Glen Murray breaking ethics guidelines and attending
    Liberal Convention as delegate
  162. Martin ignoring parliamentary committee and appointing Glen Murray as chair
    of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
  163. Marlene Jennings, the Parliamentary Secretary for Canada-U.S. relations,
    making anti-American remarks
  164. Government knowing about details of torture and murder of Zahra Kazemi
    back in November and still sending ambassador back to Iran
  165. Government knowing about details of torture and murder of Zahra Kazemi
    back in November but doing nothing
  166. Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on questionable acquisitions at
    CFB Borden (Ottawa Sun, April 18, 2005).
  167. Joe Volpe keeping stripper visa program operating, despite having promised
    to shut it down (CTV.ca, March 5, 2005)
  168. Jean Lapierre acting as lobbyist without registering
  169. Joe Volpe trying to intimidating Sikh community
  170. In the spring of 2003, the RCMP investigated allegations that Liberal MP
    Gurbax Malhi had requested favours and financial support for Paul Martin’s
    2003 leadership campaign in exchange for helping Indian nationals get these
    temporary resident permits (Globe and Mail, March 10, 2005).
  171. Liberals spending $443,237 to change the name Passport Office to Passport
    Canada (Montreal Gazette, April 21, 2005).
  172. Ken Dryden’s chief of staff charged with careless driving (Ottawa
    Citizen, March 22, 2005)
  173. Liberals trying to buy off Conservative MPs with offers of patronage positions
  174. Liberals handling of the submarine program
  175. Public Service Integrity Officer’s travel expenses (Ottawa Sun, May
    4, 2005)
  176. Liberal Senator Michel Biron going to hearing to support killer Karla Homolka
    (CTV News, June 9, 2005)
  177. Public Works contract watchdog Consulting and Audit Canada violating contracting
    rules (Toronto Star, July 4, 2005)
  178. Technology Partnerships Canada rules being violated to pay lobbyists (Globe
    and Mail, June 24, 2005)
  179. Former Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Robert Nault is working as
    a paid lobbyist for Nelson House First Nation in what some allege is an apparent
    violation of a federal code of conduct. Among the federal departments Nault
    is lobbying is the Indian and Northern Affairs department he headed until
    December 2003, according to a lobbying report Nault filed with the federal
    government. Nault registered as a lobbyist for Nelson House, now known as
    Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, on July 18, 2005 — one year and seven months
    after leaving his cabinet post. Under the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment
    Code for Public Office Holders, Nault is barred from working for any entity
    with which his department had "direct and significant official dealings"
    for two years after leaving office. He is also barred for two years from lobbying
    his former department or any of his former cabinet colleagues (Winnipeg Free
    Press, September 14, 2005)
  180. According to documents obtained by the Globe and Mail, Pierre Pettigrew
    billed Canadian taxpayers for $10,000 for trips for his driver in 2001 and
    2002. Pettigrew took his driver to South America and Europe, even though the
    driver didn’t do any driving on the trips. (Globe and Mail, September
    14, 2005)
  181. Joe Volpe’s questionable hospitality expenses (Globe and Mail, September
    21, 2005)
  182. According to media reports, Industry Canada has frozen federal financing
    for research projects by an Ontario biotechnology firm pending the outcome
    of an investigation into the company’s agreement to pay $350,000 in lobbying
    “success” fees to former Liberal cabinet minister David Dingwall.
    Such contingency fee payments violate Technology Partnership Canada rules.
    (Globe and Mail, September 23, 2005)
  183. Expenses of chairman of the Royal Canadian Mint Emmanuel Triassi, who also
    approved David Dingwall’s expenses (Globe and Mail, October 4, 2005)
  184. Last week, Public Works was also silent on details of another case involving
    forensic accounting. Government accounts published on Thursday showed a department
    employee had embezzled $3.45 million from Public Works office in Koblenz,
    Germany. Even though the employee was convicted and jailed in Germany, Public
    Works will not name him or give any details of the crime (Ottawa Citizen,
    October 4, 2005)
  185. The federal government inadvertently revealed yesterday that it is conducting
    a large-scale forensic accounting probe into "possibly criminal matters"
    when it published details of a contract intended for a Quebec accounting firm.
    The notice awarding a $2-million contract for forensic accounting services
    was published on the government’s tendering website, MERX. It gave notice
    that Consulting and Audit Canada was planning to award the sole-source contract
    to Leclerc Juricomptable, a Quebec City firm specializing in forensic work
    and litigation support. The contract award notice said the work had to be
    sole-sourced to Leclerc because it is "not in the public interest to
    jeopardize the current investment in the investigation or to significantly
    increase the risk to a successful completion of the investigation into possibly
    criminal matters." A spokesman for the Department of PublicWorks and
    Government Services said yesterday that the notice was published "prematurely"
    and would be withdrawn last night. He could not say, however, what is under
    investigation, but said the contract was not tied to another scandal that
    has kept Quebec forensic accountants busy over the past years. "It’s
    not related to sponsorship or Gomery, that I can tell you," said spokesman
    Pierre Teotonio (Ottawa Citizen, October 4, 2005). It was subsequently revealed
    that the department involved was CIDA (CP Wire, October 4, 2005)
  186. Questions about campaign funds from Raymond Chan’s campaign going
    to his companies (Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2005)
  187. Questions about a possible conflict-of-interest between Chan’s activities
    as minister on behalf of possible business associates (Vancouver Sun, October
    7, 2005)
  188. Questions about the report that Chan filed with the Ethics Commissioner
    (Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2005)
  189. Government giving out contract that specifies no paper trail to be left
    in government offices (Vancouver Province, October 11, 2005)
  190. Questionable travel expenses at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans
    (CP, October 16, 2005)
  191. Two employees at DFO fired for making fraudulent travel claims (CP, The
    Province, October 18, 2005).
  192. Lobbyist registrar Michael Nelson has launched investigations of four people
    for eight possible breaches of the ethics guidelines for lobbyists, the first
    such investigations ever launched under the code. (Globe and Mail, October
    18, 2005)
  193. According to media reports, the federal government has terminated two contracts
    with a consulting firm that used to be run by Liberal MP David Smith and now
    run by his wife, following a forensic audit of the contracting practices at
    a federal agency (Globe and Mail, October 19, 2005)
  194. ATI requests by prisoners for information on prison system and guards,
    when information is actually disclosed
  195. Liberal candidate Richard Mahoney lobbying for satellite radio company
    for a month before registering (Ottawa Citizen, October 19, 2005)
  196. Delays and ballooning costs mean a giant software project at National Defence
    will eclipse its original budget and won’t meet its goals until 2011 — if
    at all. An internal audit obtained by Canadian Press raises red flags about
    a new system designed to streamline computer tracking of military inventory
    and purchases. MASIS — or Materiel Acquisition Support Information System
    — started in 1997 as a $147-million undertaking. What began as a focused
    effort to cover a single equipment category in each of the navy, army and
    air force soon mushroomed. By 2003, Defence officials estimated MASIS would
    be in place by 2006 at a cost of $325 million, more than twice its forecast
    budget. A full introduction of the complex software has now been extended
    to 2011. The heavily censored May 2005 internal audit, released under the
    Access to Information Act, catalogues a litany of "revised planned milestones.”
    "The prime contract has been amended six times, each time increasing
    amounts for professional service fees,” it says. (CP, The Record, October
    24, 2005)
  197. Hospitality and travel expenses of executives at CMHC (Journal de Montréal,
    October 24, 2005)
  198. Questions about Squamish land deal lease (The Province, October 26, 2005)
  199. Liberals handling of tainted water at Kashechewan First Nation
  200. Mirabel land seizures
  201. Questions about abuse of money for Montreal Aquatics Games (La Tribune,
    January 21, 2005)
  202. Government buying building with leaks and toxic mold and spending almost
    as much on renovations as they spent to buy. In March, 2003, Ottawa bought
    the seven-tower complex for $91 million. The government is now in the midst
    of spending $82 million to renovate the Skyline Complex. (Click here to view)
  203. Questions about use of government credit cards by Parks Canada employees
    (Ottawa Citizen, November 9, 2005)
  204. Liberal candidate linked to disappearance over $600,000 from the Keeseecoose
    First Nation’s education account (Ottawa Sun, November 17, 2005)
  205. Defence Department under John McCallum giving a verbal contract to Liberal
    Party pollster (La Presse, November 23, 2005)
  206. Scott Brison telling constituent to “kiss my ass” (Chronicle-Herald,
    November 23, 2005)

Prepared by: Keith Beardsley and Jason Plotz November 28, 2005, and a big shout out to Sir_Gallahad

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