Okay, before I go on, let me just say that this has become commonplace under the Harper regime. Nevertheless, the rest of the media is sagely playing dumb about the blatant illegalities at work here, so I’m going to play equally conveniently dumb going the other direction. As you will recall, Auditor Gener’s reports can never under any circumstances whatsoever be shown to anyone outside the civil service until they’re tabled in Parliament. The Auditor-General said so when draft reports of the G8/G20 debacle leaked during last year’s election campaign.
So I challenge you to find some logical way of reconciling the following two statements that is actually legal:
Once a report has been finalized, and about a week before it is tabled, the Auditor General offers to brief Cabinet ministers whose organizations are included in the report. Until then, the Office deals only with public servants, giving them an opportunity to check facts, provide additional information, and respond to recommendations. (Auditor General’s website)
A draft copy of the scathing review, circulating in Ottawa for weeks, suggests the air force didn’t do its pricing homework and government officials failed to follow procurement rules, those who’ve read it say. Senior officials say the Auditor-General’s harsh review is behind the Harper government’s change in posture over the last few weeks, where a hard-line message of commitment has softened into skepticism about the international program, which is billions of dollars off target and years behind schedule. (Globe & Mail)
Now that they have a majority, the Conservatives have hypocritically remembered Parliamentary supremacy, and I’m sure, therefore, that they will no doubt be interested in finding out who is responsible for leaking copies of the Auditor General’s report in advance of their tabling in the only body of government to which the Auditor General is actually responsible.
Anyways, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. According to the Liar in Chief, “the contract we’ve signed shelters us from any increase in… costs.” When can we expect Stephen Harper’s apology for telling such a blatant lie?Tweet