SITE MOVED:Sir Humphrey's has moved
Please join us at our new site: www.sirhumphreys.com.
The RSS feed for sirhumphreys.com is now here.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
The Gomery Report into Canadian political corruption is out
Summary of major findings:
- gross overcharging by communication agencies for hours worked and goods and services provided
- inflated commissions, production costs and other expenses charged by communication agencies and their subcontractors, many of whichwere related businesses
- deliberate actions to avoid compliance with federal legislation and policies, including the Canada Elections Act, Lobbyists Registration Act, the Access to Information Act and Financial Administration Act, as well as federal contracting policy and the Treasury Board Transfer Payments Policy
- a complex web of financial transactions among Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), Crown Corporations and communication agencies, involving kickbacks and illegal contributions to a political party in the context of the Sponsorship Program
- five agencies that received large sponsorship contracts regularly channelling money, via legitimate donations or unrecorded cash gifts, to political fundraising activities in Quebec, with the expectation of receiving lucrative government contracts
- the existence of a “culture of entitlement” among political officials and bureaucrats involved with the Sponsorship Program, including the receipt of monetary and non-monetary benefits
and much more