Thursday, December 11, 2008

Parliament Prorogued because of Auditor General

As you know, I'm pretty good on the conspiracy theory thing. I was curious as to where Shiela Frasier and her office has been during this financial crisis. To be honest, she's been pretty non-existent over the past two years.

But have a look at when her recent report was to be tabled. Does the timing of the prorougation therefore look just a little suspicious?

We have had no assessment of the Conservative's wild spending.

We've had not report on spending in Afghanistan.

We've had not report on how the GST cuts have really affected the government or Canadian taxpayers. Was it worth it seeing that we are now in deficit?

Media Advisory: Reports of the Auditor General of Canada and of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the House of Commons—Tabling of reports and media lock-up are being postponed

Ottawa, 4 December 2008—Reports from the Office of the Auditor General can only be tabled when Parliament is sitting, and tabling dates are planned with the Parliamentary schedule in mind. Therefore, due to the prorogation of Parliament, the December 2008 Reports of the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, and of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughan, will be tabled at a later date when the House of Commons is sitting.

The media lock-up planned for 9 December 2008 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel is therefore cancelled.

The Office will advise the media when a new date for tabling its reports has been determined.


Mala Fides said...

If my memory serves me correctly, the only time Sheila Fraser has spoken out in a very public way was when Harper (in another one of his antidemocratic efforts) tried to pass legislation that would have the Auditor General report to the Prime Minister rather than Parliament.
I may stand to be corrected, but I do agree Jim, that Sheila Fraser has been deafeningly silent since Harper, Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe staged a "coup" and brought down the Paul Martin government (btw the word "coup" is used in a mocking sense).

Brad Dillman said...

I agree with Iggy pressuring Harper for more information. How can anyone make any sensible suggestions to improve the budget without that info?

And that is why the info is unavailable.

Susan said...

I always thought Fraser took all together too much pleasure in her work when the Liberals were in, guess she's scared of Harper or in favour of him, certainly looking like her current tepid approach is coming from somewhere.

RuralSandi said...

Jim, I was always concerned about why and how the environment minister was fired (can't remember her name) right after she gave a bad report on the Libs, but also Harper.

In fact, I've always wondered about Sheila Fraser.

Jim - you're good. We should appoint you the Liberal conspiracy/secret secrets finder-outer.

Aurelia said...

Awesome Jim! Very good detective work. Now watch some media person report it, take credit, and pretend you didn't break it first.

But we know the truth, eh?