So it’s about “accountability”, huh?
Bring. It. On.
Paul Martin’s “accountability” began 12 years ago. He became a cabinet minister on November 4th, 1993
Over the Last 12 Years:
- Cancelling the Sea King replacement
- Sponsorship scandal
- Gun Registry
- HRDC boondoggle
- Problems with Transition Job Funds program
- Tainted blood
- Radwanski Spending Affair
- Pearson Airport
- GST Flip Flop
- Airbus Investigation
- Voting against Red Book promise of independent Ethics Commissioner
- Irving fishing lodge stays/travel on Irving jets for cabinet ministers
- Martin traveling on private corporate jets as Finance Minister
- Don Boudrias stay at Boulay owned chalet
- Denis Coderre staying with Boulay
- Alfonso Gagliano being appointed Ambassador to Denmark
- Claude Gauthier (PMs friend)s Transelec getting CIDA grant
that was questioned by the Auditor General and even CIDA.
- 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.
- Michel Dupuy, Heritage Minister, lobbying the CRTC.
- Tom Wappel refusing to help blind veteran
- Gaglianos son benefiting from contracts from his fathers department
- Gaglianos 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.
- Iltis replacement
- Purchase of new Challenger jets for the Prime Minister and cabinet
- NATO Flying Training program contract
- Liberal friends appointed as IRB judges being investigated by RCMP
- Hedy Frys imaginary burning crosses
- Maria Minnas improper municipal vote
- Minna giving contracts to two former campaign staffers for public relations
work for a conference that had already been held
- Lawrence MacAulay and contracts directed to Holland College
- Lawrence MacAulay and Tim Banks
- Lawrence MacAulay hired his official agent, Everett Roche, for $70K, but
Roche never did any work for it. (Oct 2002)
- Art Eggleton and contracts to his ex-girlfriend
- Copps aide Boyers spending habits
- Collenette resigns for breach of ethical guidelines involving a letter
he wrote to the Immigration and Refugee Board
- APEC Inquiry
- 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.
- Anti-American comments by Liberal MPs, officials, and the former Minister
of Natural Resources.
- Rock and the Apotex/Cipro affair
- Rock giving Health Canada contract to car cleaning company.
- Manley lobbying CIBC on behalf of Rod Bryden
- Manleys fundraiser suggesting donors to his leadership write it off
as a business expense.
- Manley using his pre-budget consultations as Minister of Finance to solicit
support for his leadership bid.
- Coderres relationship with Group Everest
- Martins fundraiser/employee of Finance Jim Palmer
- Martins blind trust and his relationship with CSL.
- Gerry Byrne requesting fundraising money be sent to his home address, with
no records kept.
- Gerry Byrne pouring bulk of ACOA money into his own riding.
- Virginia Fontaine Addictions Foundation
- Prime Ministers former assistant, Denise Tremblays huge travel
expenses on Veterans Review and Appeal Board as Minister pleaded poverty to
- Chrétien appointing Hon. Roger Simmons (former Trudeau minister
convicted of income tax evasion) as Consul-General in Seattle
- Chrétien trying to bring hit-and-run driver Carignan back into caucus.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- More than $7 billion stashed in Foundations by Finance Minister Paul Martin
with little or no accountability
- Dhaliwal overseing Richmond-airport-Vancouver transit line while being
owner of the airport limousine service
- Tom Rosser, former Dhaliwal advisor lobbying Natural Resources department
and minister on environmental issues only months after leaving government.
- $5.3 million GG northern travel
- GG budget doubles in 5 years
- Robert Thibault giving a grant as ACOA minister to a wharf and boatyard
where his brother-in-law has a monopoly.
- Royal LePage contract, which the government was forced to cancel in the
wake of serious concerns being raised.
- Shutting down the Somalia Inquiry
- Home heating rebate, which was sent to prisoners and deceased.
- Martin firing Bernard Dussault, Chief Actuary of CPP
- Ethel Blondin-Andrew buys fur coat on government credit card
- Chrétiens imaginary homeless friend.
- Liberal MP Rick Lalibertes extensive travel budget
- Liberal Senator Thompson living in Mexico
- Vendetta against former BDC President François Beaudoin
- The flag give-away which estimates suggest might now have cost $45
million instead of the promised $6 million, and reportedly involved fake invoices.
- Gaglianos two week trip, at taxpayers expense, for a two day
event with the head of the Royal Canadian Mint and Maurizio Caruso.
- 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)
- Liberal MP Jag Bhadurias hate mail to his former employers, wishing
that they had been shot by killer Marc Lepine
- Liberal MP Jag Bhaduria making false claims about his academic qualifications.
- Paul Martin and Maria Minna attending fundraising dinner for group linked
to Tamil Tigers in May 2000 (National Post, Sept. 8th, 2001).
- 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.
- David Anderson suggesting that the BC doesnt 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)
- 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:
- Raid on reporter Juliet ONeills home by RCMP
- Permanent Resident Cards
- Judy Sgro going on vacation as cards became mandatory and landed immigrants
were left stranded
- Minister Frullas renovations
- Pay raises for chiefs-of-staff in ministers offices, while spending is
frozen for public service.
- The governments changing numbers on how much money has gone to CSL
- Lobbyists in Paul Martins transition team being allowed to return
to lobbying immediately, after being involved in process of picking new cabinet
and senior staff.
- Minister Comuzzis anti-Quebec comments
- Martin government using closure after only six days in the House of Commons,
followed by using time allocation in the Senate.
- Problems with DNDs contracts with Compaq Computers that may have
cost taxpayers up to $159 million for work not performed.
- Martin using government jets to tour the country campaigning before election,
spending up to $1 million for air travel alone.
- Martins relationship with Earnscliffe
- Questionable contracts to Earnscliffe
- The appointment of former Liberal MLA Howard Sapers as the Correctional
Investigator of Canada
- Pierre Pettigrews flip flopping on health care
- David Dingwalls expenses as head of Royal Canadian Mint
- Liberals planning to give David Dingwall a severance package after he resigned
- The secret National Unity Fund reserve
- Calling an early election after earlier promising first to get to the bottom
of the sponsorship scandal
- 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)
- $99 million Public Works contract that went to company overseen by Liberal
fundraiser and future Senator Paul Massicotte (Montreal Gazette, June 26,
- Parliamentary Secretary Dan McTeagues 3-person, $224 trip to a Pizzeria
- Immigration Minister Judy Sgros staff being allowed to stay on extended
travel benefits, letting them bill taxpayers for thousands of
dollars in hotel rooms and meals, because they didnt want to move from
Toronto to Ottawa until after the election.
- Correctional Service of Canada Commissioner Lucie McClungs travel
- 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).
- 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).
- Andy Mitchells chief of staffs $22,000 in expenses to commute
to Ottawa (Toronto Star, August 2, 2004).
- André Ouellets travel and hospitality expenses at Canada Post.
- Government delaying release of audit on Ouellet until after the election
(Globe and Mail, July 31, 2004).
- Martins principle secretary Francis Foxs sister getting untendered
contracts (The Province, July 27, 2004).
- Continuing problems in advertising files at Public Works (Ottawa Sun, July
- 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
- Liberal Senator Raymond Lavigne violating municipal bylaws. Municipality
pursuing legal action against him. (Ottawa Citizen, August 19, 2004).
- 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).
- 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).
- Questionable contracts and spending from the Canada Investment and Savings
group set up by Martin in 1996 (Globe and Mail, September 13, 2004)
- Questionable contracting practices at Canada Information Office (The Hill
Times, September 13, 2004).
- 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).
- Abuse of government credit cards by staff at Fisheries Department (CP Wire,
September 24, 2004).
- Canadas questionable hiring of the niece of Syria’s foreign affairs
minister to work at the embassy in Damascus (Globe and Mail, October 5, 2004)
- Hélène Scherrer using Challenger to fly to Banff during election
to give partisan speech
- Abuse of Challengers by Paul Martin and various ministers (eg. Andy Mitchell,
- Abuse of Challenger jets for political business instead of government business
(Le Devoir, October 4, 2005)
- Paul Martin taking Challenger jets to Liberal fundraisers
- Challenger food bill of $508 per flight
- Expenses during election filed by aide to Ralph Goodale
- Questionable expenses during election filed by aides to Judy Sgro
- Ongoing problems and safety concerns with the submarine program
- 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).
- 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)
- 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)
- $133,000 grant to a Toronto film company that used classified ads to search
for the "perfect" penis. (National Post, October 14, 2004).
- Man convicted of fraud against government hired to teach ethics course
to public servants (National Post, October 20, 2004).
- Public Works selling confiscated grow-op equipment to drug traffickers.
(National Post, October 21, 2004).
- Pressure by Liberal MPs and ministers on ACOA to make funding decisions
based on politics (New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, October 25, 2004).
- Paul Martins Director of Communications Scott Reid insulting Premier
of Newfoundland and Labrador (Toronto Star, October 28, 2004)
- 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).
- Judy Sgros campaign volunteer (a stripper) getting ministerial permit
- Sgros 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)
- Sgro giving out details of private immigration files, violating Privacy
- Allegations that Sgro broke the elections law in failing to properly identify
the source of a campaign contribution. (Toronto Star, December 8, 2004).
- Revelations that the program to bring in foreign exotic dancers was created
under pressure from organized crime (National Post, December 18, 2004)
- Irwin Cotler appointing his former chief-of-staff to federal court (National
Post, November 23, 2004).
- Heritage Minister Liza Frulla giving grant to magazine that put her on
the cover and made her honourary president (Ottawa Citizen, November 25, 2004)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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)
- Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed his
friend Dennis Dawson to the Senate
- Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed his
former Principal Secretary Francis Fox to the Senate
- Despite promising an end to cronyism and patronage, Martin appointed disgraced
former cabinet minister Art Eggleton to the Senate
- Martin and his wife complaining about having to live in 24 Sussex (Edmonton
Journal, November 17, 2004)
- Millennium Bureau spending done with same lack of controls and oversight
of sponsorship program
- 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
- 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)
- Martin patronage-appointee Jim Walsh breaking ethics guidelines and attending
Liberal Christmas Party (St. Johns Telegram, January 20, 2005).
- 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).
- Canadian flag lapel pins being made in China. Only under pressure, Scott
Brison flip flops and agrees to have them made in Canada again.
- 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).
- Adrienne Clarkson spending $17,500 to evaluate cleaning at Rideau Hall
(Ottawa Sun, February 19, 2005)
- Martin patronage appointee Glen Murray breaking ethics guidelines and attending
Liberal Convention as delegate
- Martin ignoring parliamentary committee and appointing Glen Murray as chair
of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
- Marlene Jennings, the Parliamentary Secretary for Canada-U.S. relations,
making anti-American remarks
- Government knowing about details of torture and murder of Zahra Kazemi
back in November and still sending ambassador back to Iran
- Government knowing about details of torture and murder of Zahra Kazemi
back in November but doing nothing
- Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on questionable acquisitions at
CFB Borden (Ottawa Sun, April 18, 2005).
- Joe Volpe keeping stripper visa program operating, despite having promised
to shut it down (CTV.ca, March 5, 2005)
- Jean Lapierre acting as lobbyist without registering
- Joe Volpe trying to intimidating Sikh community
- 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).
- Liberals spending $443,237 to change the name Passport Office to Passport
Canada (Montreal Gazette, April 21, 2005).
- Ken Drydens chief of staff charged with careless driving (Ottawa
Citizen, March 22, 2005)
- Liberals trying to buy off Conservative MPs with offers of patronage positions
- Liberals handling of the submarine program
- Public Service Integrity Officers travel expenses (Ottawa Sun, May
- Liberal Senator Michel Biron going to hearing to support killer Karla Homolka
(CTV News, June 9, 2005)
- Public Works contract watchdog Consulting and Audit Canada violating contracting
rules (Toronto Star, July 4, 2005)
- Technology Partnerships Canada rules being violated to pay lobbyists (Globe
and Mail, June 24, 2005)
- 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)
- 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 didnt do any driving on the trips. (Globe and Mail, September
- Joe Volpes questionable hospitality expenses (Globe and Mail, September
- 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)
- Expenses of chairman of the Royal Canadian Mint Emmanuel Triassi, who also
approved David Dingwalls expenses (Globe and Mail, October 4, 2005)
- 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)
- 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)
- Questions about campaign funds from Raymond Chans campaign going
to his companies (Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2005)
- Questions about a possible conflict-of-interest between Chans activities
as minister on behalf of possible business associates (Vancouver Sun, October
- Questions about the report that Chan filed with the Ethics Commissioner
(Vancouver Sun, October 7, 2005)
- Government giving out contract that specifies no paper trail to be left
in government offices (Vancouver Province, October 11, 2005)
- Questionable travel expenses at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans
(CP, October 16, 2005)
- Two employees at DFO fired for making fraudulent travel claims (CP, The
Province, October 18, 2005).
- 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
- 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)
- ATI requests by prisoners for information on prison system and guards,
when information is actually disclosed
- Liberal candidate Richard Mahoney lobbying for satellite radio company
for a month before registering (Ottawa Citizen, October 19, 2005)
- 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
- Hospitality and travel expenses of executives at CMHC (Journal de Montréal,
October 24, 2005)
- Questions about Squamish land deal lease (The Province, October 26, 2005)
- Liberals handling of tainted water at Kashechewan First Nation
- Mirabel land seizures
- Questions about abuse of money for Montreal Aquatics Games (La Tribune,
January 21, 2005)
- 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)
- Questions about use of government credit cards by Parks Canada employees
(Ottawa Citizen, November 9, 2005)
- Liberal candidate linked to disappearance over $600,000 from the Keeseecoose
First Nations education account (Ottawa Sun, November 17, 2005)
- Defence Department under John McCallum giving a verbal contract to Liberal
Party pollster (La Presse, November 23, 2005)
- 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