The words still hang in the air . . .
They “broke nearly every rule in the book on this one.” – Auditor general Sheila Fraser, May 8, 2002
“Perhaps there was a few million dollars that might have been stolen in the process. It is possible.” - Jean Chretien, Speech to Liberal Party, May 30, 2002.
Liberals “were directly involved in illegal campaign financing” and “disregarded the relevant laws governing donations to political parties.” - Gomery's First Report, p. 78.
Liberals “cannot escape responsibility for the misconduct of its officers and representatives.” - Gomery's First Report.
Liberals are still dogged by the abuse of funds in the Sponsorship Scandal. It has rocked their supporters and weighs down their popular support in Québec and elsewhere like ballast.
For their part, the Conservatives were stern in chiding the Liberals for breaking the rules by having an open and unaccountable slush fund from which their supporters could draw for political purposes.
So imagine the revulsion to hear about the Conservatives' $30 million backdoor fund to support events in their Conservative ridings. The NDP’s Charlie Angus uncovered "the Son of Sponsorship" in a memo to Conservative MPs. The memo describes the fund as having no rules for how the money can be dispersed and who can obtain funds.
Angus' questions in the House had Bev Oda - the minister in charge of the fund - ducking out the back door to avoid reporters.
Reminds one of the old adage "Liberal – Tory same old . . . something, something."
Developing . . .