Thursday, May 26, 2005

The real big story from the Kroll report

CTV nor the CBC siphoned through the Kroll Report. Both only announced that the new amount of Sponsorhip money is increased to $355 million from $250 million. I'd like to thank those two stations for not informing the public about what our government did in order to get that extra money to the Sponsorship programs.

The two did focus on Liberal Party donations which is up over the $2 million mark (if cash envelopes are included) but they didn't extrapolate that Kroll indicated dividends from the investment of public money given to the ad agencies were paid out to the Liberal Party in some instances.

Since there is no list of shareholders for each of the companies in this report, the amount the Liberal Party of Canada received is probably underestimated as each of those shareholders in each of the ad agencies could have donated as well.


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The Prime Minister, the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board approved $40.1 million dollars for Special Programs and Sponsorship (SPS) spending of the public revenue without Parliament's approval for authorization to spend. $16.5 million was transferred to Public Works by other Government of Canada departments for SPS contracts. $305.1 million of the public revenue for SPS was managed externally by third party agencies. Only $26.8 million was managed internally by the Government of Canada.

Public Works repeatedly did not provide the Parliament with detailed information or segregated data on how each branch of the department was going to utilize the money for SPS, in some cases information was withheld from Parliament yet allowed requests for public funds to go undetailed by the Treasury Board. Kroll could not continue their audit because documentation was missing from the Ministry for specific years early in the formation of the setup of the SPS account.


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Kroll could not continue their audit because documentation was missing from the Ministry for specific years early in the formation of the setup of the SPS account

But I thought that the government was cooperating completely with the commission?