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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 on scandals. 

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 2007.

 

 

 



> 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 candidates.  

 

 

> 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 organized crime. 

 




> 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 million. 



> 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 widens.  




> 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 implemented. 






> Fly Blackburn Fly 

The NDP accused Labour Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn of not properly disclosing his air travel.  








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