Canadian Politics: Stephen Harper's footprint

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Gabfly1, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Lucrum


    Obviously these guys are conservatives given that you would NEVER post derogatory comments about any fellow liberals despite the fact they are just as frequently guilty of such offenses.

    The Gabby chant:

    "All things/people conservative = bad all the time
    All things/people liberal = good all the time"
  2. The Liberal Sponsorship Scandal:

    The sponsorship scandal, "AdScam", "Sponsorship" or Sponsorgate, is a scandal that came as a result of a Canadian federal government "sponsorship program" in the province of Quebec and involving the Liberal Party of Canada, which was in power from 1993 to 2006. The program was originally established as an effort to raise awareness of the Government of Canada's contributions to Quebec industries and other activities in order to counter the actions of the Parti Québécois government of the province that worked to promote Quebec independence.

    The program ran from 1996 until 2004, when broad corruption was discovered in its operations and the program was discontinued. Illicit and even illegal activities within the administration of the program were revealed, involving misuse and misdirection of public funds intended for government advertising in Quebec. Such misdirections included sponsorship money awarded to ad firms in return for little or no work, which firms maintained Liberal organizers or fundraisers on their payrolls or donated back part of the money to the Liberal Party. The resulting investigations and scandal affected the Liberal Party of Canada and the then-government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. It was an ongoing affair for years, but rose to national prominence in early 2004 after the program was examined by Sheila Fraser, the federal auditor general. Her revelations led to the government establishing the Gomery Commission to conduct a public inquiry and file a report on the matter. The official title of this inquiry was the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities. In the end the Commission concluded that $2 million was awarded in contracts without a proper bidding process, $250 thousand was added to one contract price for no additional work, and $1.5 million was awarded for work that was never done, of which $1 million had to be repaid. The total cost of the Commission was $14 million.[1]

    In the national spotlight, the scandal became a significant factor in the lead-up to the 2006 federal election where after more than twelve years in power the Liberals were defeated by the Conservatives, who formed a minority government that was sworn in February 2006.
  3. Lucrum


  4. That was essentially on Chretien, whom I never particularly liked and who was getting too big for his britches towards the latter part of his second term, anyway. I wanted him to go, and I'm glad Paul Martin became Prime Minister.

    ...Paul Martin — former Prime Minister of Canada. He was Minister of Finance, and Senior Minister from Quebec during most of the years the program occurred. When he became Prime Minister in December 2003, he claimed that he put a halt to it. He also set up the Gomery Commission which later cleared him of formal responsibility by Justice Gomery in his November 2005 'First Phase Report' of the Gomery Commission. The Gomery findings claimed that Martin, as finance minister, established a 'fiscal framework' but he did not have oversight as to the dispersal of the funds once they were apportioned to Chrétien's Prime Minister's Office. A report on the issue by the Auditor General's Office of Sheila Fraser came to the same conclusion. Nonetheless, Martin was frequently accused of tying Gomery's hands and using the sponsorship scandal as an excuse to purge the Liberals of members who supported Chrétien. The scandal played a factor in the federal election of 2006 and the fall of the Liberal Government. Shortly thereafter, Martin resigned from the liberal party leadership...

    In any event, neither Chretien nor Martin are topics of this electoral discussion, even though Martin would have been good for the country. Nice parry, though.
  5. Savant


    Well I just don't know if I've ever read anything as un-Canadian as this...

  6. I agree. Makes you wonder about Harper, eh?
  7. Savant


    It makes me wonder why he hasn't put you on trial for treason, as you have spat upon the Canadian presidential office!

  8. How difficult it must be for you, in your unventilated room.
  9. Savant


    It's actually Canadian homes that still (in 2011) mostly do not have air conditioning. Even the public housing projects in America are air conditioned. LOL!

    #10     Apr 11, 2011