if you want to see real scandals pseudochretien and his libranos can't be beat. Who got those brown paper bags full of cash that subverted election? The libranos will never tell. Many millions are still missing. My friend Paul Tuns has a summary.
It has been seven years since Auditor General Sheila Fraser made public her findings on the federal Sponsorship Program. For those with short memories, this was the scheme that benefited the federal Liberal party’s brand in Quebec — and the coffers of Liberal-friendly advertising agencies — through government financing of sporting and cultural events in the province. The scandal broke merely two months after Jean Chrétien stepped down as Liberal leader and prime minister, and contributed to the defeat of his successor, Paul Martin, in 2006.
But the Sponsorship scandal was merely the worst of the indignities plaguing — but never dethroning — the Chrétien government over its decade-long reign. The others included: Breaking his promise to scrap the GST; interfering with commissions investigating Canada’s tainted blood system in Canada; covering up the brutalization of a Somali teen at the hands of Canadian armed forces; allegations of interference by the Prime Minister’s Office in the police crackdown on the 1997 APEC summit in British Columbia; responding to an aggressive protestor by violently choking him and chipping his tooth; lobbying the Business Development Bank of Canada to grant a loan to a friend involved in the purchase of a property in Shawinigan; and the Human Resources Development Canada debacle, in which it was found that HRDC-funded job-creation projects, mostly in Liberal ridings, routinely lacked proper paperwork.