Scandal Watch: The Return of Sleaze
[PoliticsWatch updated 1:30 p.m. September 25, 2007]
OTTAWA -- The Conservative government's Federal
Accountability Act is law, but that hasn't seemed to put the brakes
Patronage, increased sole-sourced contracts and general government mismanagement continue to make headlines.
Even the old scandals won't go away. This summer saw more
convictions and police raids in the sponsorship scandal that brought
down the Liberal government.
Some times it can be hard to keep up with all the developments on
the scandal front, so PoliticsWatch presents its latest guide to the top scandals.
Find out more about each scandal by clicking on the photos below.
Public Works bureaucrat charged with $2.7M in fraud
NEW: The RCMP have charged a bureaucrat in the Public Works and
Government Services department with $2.7 million in fraud. The
crime allegedly began in 1996 and continued until September of
Conservative Financing Controversies
The Conservative Party and Elections Canada are at odds
once again this time over whether the party surpassed its election
spending limits by purchasing national ads through local
RCMP Employee Accused of Selling Secrets to the Mob
An RCMP translator in Montreal was arrested but not charged
this summer for allegedly selling secrets from wire taps to
Native Health Agency Misspent $6.4 million
The RCMP has been given the results of a Health Canada
audit of a Manitoba native health agency accused of misspending $6.4
Problems at the Public Broadcaster
Doctored photos and allegations of political interference
from the Prime Minister's Office have been the big stories at the
CBC this year.
Government Advertising Spending Skyrockets
The Conservative government has increased advertising spending
by over 70 per cent.
Patronage: You Dance With the One Who Brought You
Rewarding friends and party insiders continues to be a common
practice in Ottawa.
RCMP Leadership In Question
Rank and file Mounties publicly allege a cover up at the highest
level of the force.
Sponsorship: The Scandal that Won't Go Away
The RCMP investigation of the government advertising scandal
The Unelected, Unaccountable Public Works Minister
Public Works Minister Michael Fortier's department has
increased the use of sole-sourced contracts.
Champagne Living On the Taxpayer's Dime
The bureaucrat who lived the high life because of a $143 million invoicing fraud scheme.
Where are the Lobbying Rules?
The Federal Accountability Act received Royal Assent in
December, but new lobbying regulations have yet to be
Fly Blackburn Fly
The NDP accused Labour Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn of
not properly disclosing his air travel.
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