“The Conservative party had to amend its national campaign expense return for the 2006 election and re-classify nearly $400,000 in advertising expenditures after Elections Canada formally questioned the original return, Elections Canada records show.
The change required the party’s auditor, Deloitte & Touche LLP, to withdraw its original opinion of approval for the Conservative election books and submit a new opinion nearly 11 months after the election…” snip
“…In its auditors’ report accompanying the new return, Deloitte & Touche said “our opinion, originally issued on May 18, 2006, has been withdrawn and the Registered Party Return in respect of General Election Expenses has been revised to reflect a reclassification of certain advertising expenditures.”
The unusual readjustment took place in the midst of an Elections Canada investigation into $1.2 million of radio and TV ads that 67 Tory candidates have claimed as expenses even though the ads were paid via quick “in and out” cash transfers from party headquarters.”
So, this company seems to have provided “favourable” audits of the Conservative Party of Canada and then enjoyed millions of dollars in contracts to the Harper Government. Are you surprised that they bungled the Attawapiskat audit to reflect the “talking points” of the Harper Government?
All of that pales in comparison to what’s at stake here. A woman’s life. A mother. A Chief. A visionary historical figure. Against what? A venal figure, a blip in history of a Prime Minister who divided and destroyed a promising democracy. A puppet Governor General. A neutered Parliament. A corrupt police force. A stacked Senate and Judiciary.
So why does the national news media ignore all of this pertinent information? Why do they continue to demonise Chief Spence and cast aspersions onto the Idle No More movement? Because they profit directly from the Government and the Energy Lobby. Government has become one of the largest advertisers for mainstream television news, followed closely by the Energy Industry. The mainstream media, Postmedia, Global, Black Press all benefit from the status quo. They rely heavily on misinformation from the radical right wing Fraser Institute, MacDonald/Laurier Institute, Manning Centre for Democracy…I refer you to Sixth Estate, for a comprehensive collection of right wing thinktanks…
“These organizations include the Fraser Institute, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, the Montreal Economic Institute, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the C.D. Howe Institute, which I refer to as the Big Five, and their most recent sibling, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. The irony of naming a free-market think tank over the only two prime ministers in our history to repeatedly blow the budget building thickly subsidized national railways, one of whom loved high trade tariffs and the other of whom was immeasurably corrupt, apparently escapes them.”
We live in serious times. We need serious leadership. It’s not going to come from the Government.