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The Gun Registry Fraud May 17, 2006

Posted by Binford in Politics.
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Andrew Coyne writes about Sheila Fraser's latest expose on the corruption of the Liberals in regards to the gun registry and why we should never trust them again.  Here in a nutshell is what Fraser found: 

So in some ways, the Auditor-General's latest report is the most damning of all. There is no way to deny or minimize the stark reality of what it contains: Liberal cabinet ministers colluded in a scheme of deception — fraud is another word — to hide the mounting costs of the gun registry. They did so, what is more, not to avoid mere embarrassment or criticism, but to defy the will of Parliament. Having been told they could not spend more than a certain figure, they did, and cooked the books to conceal what they had done.

Warned, in early 2004, that the costs of the program that year would exceed the amount authorized by Parliament to the tune of nearly $22-million, government officials conspired to have the excess spending counted against future years' budgets — future, as in after the impending election — rather than seek Parliament's approval for the extra funds, and have to disclose the overrun. When government accountants protested this was against the rules, ministers had their legal staff look for loopholes to justify it — unsuccessfully, it appears. The Auditor-General concludes their actions were not only in violation of generally accepted accounting principles, but of the Financial Administration Act.

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It's called cooking the books.  Something people in the private sector lose their jobs or go to jail for.  Unfortunately, that's probably not going to be the case.  Can anyone tell me why 28% of voters would still support this party if an election were called today?

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