Look I am not alone in this view.. too many Canadian persons have noticed that we have much too many alcoholics in the governments, even as elected ones, even as leaders, Brian Mulroney was known for his boozing now too.. Regretfully still there much too many alcoholics even in the Conservative party now for my liking, in this area too they are just as bad as the Liberal too it seems.. and who can forget Ralph Klein’s alcoholic outburts too. A man is certainly known what he is now really like by the friends he keeps and having a brain damaged alcoholic as a friend, as a drinking buddy is really no virtue, and it is a sad recommendation, a poor reference that you cannot even be now proud off. The Prime Minister Stephen Harper a professing Christian Missionary Alliance Evangelcial too had said that the ex PM Brian Mulroney was a close friend .. he Stephen Harper now really better start to get better friends and appointees than his alcoholic drinking buddies.. and still not one cent of taxpayers’ money should ever be even used to buy any alcoholic, alcohol at any governmental function, expense account.. for we all know how bad alcoholism is and how much evil , suffering it brings, and still all alcoholics should be fired, especially all of the alcoholic the public and civil servants, all alcoholic elected officials too and not rather falsely rewarded with more alcohol for almost all of them are already known to be liars, cheat’s thieves, abusers, etc..
CP Elections Canada claims Quebec Tories swapped campaign ad expenses to beat cap - OTTAWA – The Conservative party shifted thousands of dollars in advertising expenses from two of its top Quebec candidates to other Quebec candidates who had more spending room in their 2006 election campaigns, the lawyer for Elections Canada has suggested. A former financial officer for the party confirmed last month in a court examination that expenses incurred by Public Works Minister Christian Paradis and former foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier were assigned to other candidates. But former chief financial officer Ann O’Grady said the expenses were “pro-rated” to the other candidates because the firm that placed the television and radio ads billed Paradis and Bernier for higher amounts than their campaign agents originally committed. Elections Canada lawyer Barbara McIsaac probed O’Grady over records involving an eventual claim for $20,000 in radio and TV advertising by Paradis and $5,000 in advertising claimed by Bernier. The financial statements and invoices – filed in a Federal Court case concerning $1.3 million in questionable Conservative ad expenses – also showed Bernier and Paradis paid a fraction of the ad production costs compared to other Tory candidates. Bernier and Paradis are among 67 Conservative candidates whose advertising expenditures are under investigation by the federal elections commissioner. Agents for some of the candidates took Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand to Federal Court after he refused last year to reimburse the expenditures on grounds they did not qualify as local candidate expenses. The Commons ethics committee is also conducting an inquiry into the bookkeeping, which Elections Canada alleges allowed the Conservative party to exceed its national campaign spending limit by more than $1 million. The Canada Elections Act prohibits candidates from absorbing or sharing the election expenses of other candidates. NDP MP Pat Martin, a member of the ethics committee, said if the party did shift expenses from Bernier and Paradis to other candidates it would add an entirely new dimension to the controversy. “I can’t get (fellow NDP MP) Judy Wasylycia-Leis to put $5,000 of my expenses into her expenses,” said Martin. “That’s absolutely not allowed.” In a sworn cross-examination last month, the transcript of which was subsequently entered in the Federal Court file, McIsaac pressed O’Grady about advertising and ad production costs that were transferred from Bernier and Paradis to other candidates. McIsaac challenged O’Grady’s explanations that the expenditures were re-assigned because the candidates had been mistakenly invoiced for more than the amounts their official agents originally committed for the campaign. “I’m going to suggest to you that Mr. Bernier was less than $2,590 from his spending limit and that he couldn’t afford to put the additional amount into his return,” McIsaac said to O’Grady. “That would be total supposition,” responded O’Grady. “Who knows what else would have been going on at the time? I can’t comment on how Mr. Bernier ran his campaign.” In the case of Paradis, O’Grady conceded the candidate had originally committed his campaign to a media buy totalling $30,000, was eventually invoiced $29,766 and subsequently received a “credit note” of $10,000 that was reallocated to another candidate, Marc Nadeau. “Now, again, the reason for this was that Mr. Paradis had reached his limit with respect to spending as well, is that correct?” asked McIsaac. “He had to allocate some of his money to Mr. Nadeau, did he not, because he was close to his limit?” “I would not know that,” replied O’Grady, who replaced former Tory chief financial agent Susan Kehoe several months after the election. McIsaac also questioned O’Grady over the fact that Bernier paid no production costs for his share of the advertising. Paradis paid only $233.93 for his share, even though McIsaac said other candidates paid $4,500 each for production costs.
PM Stephen Harper needs to get better friends, needs to repent himself too.