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Now it’s the auditor-general’s turn to take issue with Harper.

Look for the opposition to seize on these remarks by Sheila Fraser:

Auditor General Sheila Fraser says the government should be prepared to defend its rationale for changing any rules or processes and spell out who is accountable in its race to get stimulus money out the door… She also said she didn’t have any concerns with the principle behind the $3-billion fund to fasttrack projects between April and June, but she questioned why the government couldn’t give MPs a rudimentary list of the programs and projects that will be financed…. “I must say that I don’t buy the argument that they can’t tell them something — maybe not the detail of, say, what festival, or how much, but they could at least say where the money is going, whether it’s (to) infrastructure or festivals.

So in the course of the past couple of weeks, we’ve had the Auditor General join the Parliamentary Budget Officer and a former Bank of Canada governor question some aspects about Harper’s predictions and how Harper and his Conservative government are managing this stimulus package. The PBO is getting threatened with de-funding, and David Dodge – the former Bank of Canada governor – got dissed by anonymous Conservative staffers. I’m willing to bet that they won’t dare do the same sort of stuff with Sheila Fraser, however.

H/T Kady O’Malley.

UPDATE @ 3:47 pm: I’d forgotten how Harper had claimed the Auditor-General was in the loop and in agreement with how he and his government were going about doing things on the stimulus. As Steve points out, she apparently didn’t get the memo that she was in agreement with the Conservative government’s methods.

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3 comments to Now it’s the auditor-general’s turn to take issue with Harper.

  • foottothefire

    Good pick up Scott. “the Man”, like all sneak thieves betrays himself with his downcast eyes and a need for constant supervision.

  • DPat

    “Although this is somewhat off-topic, what about the $3.6+ billion that needs to be spent prior to the end of the month?” (Big Winnie)

    PMSH probably wants to surplus it – infrastructure be damned – so the 2008/09 deficit isn’t as large as it would otherwise be. What are a few more unemployed workers not doing vital repairs/upgrading, etc. when our boy has to suck up to his base. Appearances are everything.

  • Big Winnie

    Very interesting read and good For Sheila.

    Although this is somewhat off-topic, what about the $3.6+ billion that needs to be spent prior to the end of the month?

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