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February 13, 2013

Alberta’s Auditor General’s report, recommendations are significant Canada wide, deal with decades old problem

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An effective GOVERNEMNT cost control framework ensures that  no one rewards themselves at public expense, to make sure  the public is getting the most for its money, make sure that all expense and travel claims are appropriate and handled with a high level of transparency and accountability. And here too an example needs to be made of all those PERSONS who abuse the expense account or sign off on illegitimate expenses by even make such acts criminal plus having the guilty individual return the stolen money. Thousands or millions of dollars abused  TOO OFTEN are an enormous amount of money, and to not have adequate, stringent cost controls in place by now  is an unacceptable  failure of leadership on the part of the governments, ministers, mayors, administrators .  

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Last year, it was revealed that former AHS financial officer Allaudin Merali, while working for Edmonton’s now-defunct Capital Health Region, charged taxpayers almost $370,000 for pricey restaurant meals, to fix his Mercedes Benz and to hire a butler. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/alberta-health-dinged-taxpayers-for-private-plane-ride-realtor-fee-auditor-190880421.html

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s auditor general and Alberta Justice launched a $2.4-million probe into the Office of the Public Trustee after a senior trust officer was fired for allegedly stealing more than $120,000 from a trust he was administering. The revelation is contained in auditor general’s   report,  which also found Alberta Health Services (AHS) exercised lax controls in reimbursing 26,000 employees for spending during a 17-month span in 2011-12. “The fact that the control systems essentially have failed over that period have  cost this huge amount of public resources,”
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/Auditor+general+report+laments+lack+oversight+trustee+office/7953849/story.html#ixzz2KmHTvs6Z

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Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013  The province of Alberta released the most recent report from the Auditor General – which included dozens of recommendations meant for three different provincial departments. Auditor General Merwan Saher passed the 117 page report on to the provincial government in early February.The report included a total of 33 recommendations is meant to increase accountability for Alberta Health Services, the Office of the Public Trustee, and a number of post-secondary institutions. For AHS, Saher said the organization needs to place tighter controls on expenses, and guidelines for staff to follow when it comes to travel and living expenses. According to the report, AHS spent more than $100 million on travel and hospitality over 17-months.The report outlined a number of incidents where guidelines were not followed.In one case, an AHS staff member was found to have charged taxpayers for flying his own plane – without an explanation as to why the official couldn’t take a commercial flight, or how the rate charged for the private flight was competitive.In another case, one unnamed facility used taxi cabs to transport patients to their homes, some of the charges ended up totaling more than $300 – also, without an explanation.  The only recommendation outlined in the report for AHS was for officials to tighten controls over expense claims, credit card transactions and other travel expenses by improving how charges are analyzed and documented, improve education and training of staff for compliance with expense policies and monitoring expenses and reporting results to the board.The rest of the recommendations, including those for the Office of the Public Trustee and for a number of Alberta post-secondary institutions, can be found online.  Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/ag-report-outlines-recommendations-for-health-authority-1.1154218#ixzz2Kk42rXz8 

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Now   why is this above  finding and related recommendations so important to all Canadian taxpayers the increased accountability now for  all  civil and public servants, cops, RCMP,  politicians, senators? any group that gets government funding too. or what you falsely still do not  think that most other regional boards, sections, they  do not do the same thing, abuse the tax payer’s money unrestrained now too, yes all the other regional governmental executives managers, departments?  Follow the money trail is still the oldest valid rule of Journalism, cost control too.
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It is a sad reality that much too many now Politicians, civil and public servants, RCMP , Cops, City Hall workers, managers do abuse their expenses,  on their out of town travel and living expenses and  here also they do  even make too many quite unnecessary out of town and/or out of the country travel now too. How do I know this firsthand? In one city alone 3 city hall departmental managers boasted to me that they did it and their associates too.
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By the way the people who make false expense statements are also guilty now of tax evasion
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February 9, 2013

While Scandals and corruption are nothing new in politics they are still unacceptable

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The bribery shenanigans unfolding at the Charbonneau commission, the intrigue involving Arthur Porter and the MUHC/SNC-Lavalin frolics, tales of second-rate asphalt and now even bridges falling down clearly all indicate something is, was still seriously wrong in Quebec as well

Follow the money trail, the oldest rule of good journalism and why is that so? as the love of money is the root of ell evil still..  He or she who cannot be trusted to handle money cannot be trusted to handle anything else now too. Money and Power still clearly corrupts and our boys on the Ottawa Hill and elsewhere demonstrate this reality much too often these days too.

While Scandals and corruption are nothing new in politics whether it be the MPs…MLAs or Senators at all levels of government.  The political past and present times are not only  rampant and full of scandals and corruptions that are too numerous to even begin to list but they are still very clearly evidence of the really bad managements by the political leaders. Even this recent wave of scandal and corruption all across the country at all levels of government is  CONTINUAL signal for us the citizens to seriously weigh in the matter and demand not only more safe guards such as mandatory police clearances prior to anyone being allowed to run for office but we need to see these guilty persons punished. Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty persons, with jail time, serves everyone’s   best interest even the guilty offender.  Mandatory legal actions should  made into law against all bad civil and public servants, politians that  would allow further criminal proceedings against any who are involved in taxpayer’s money abuses scandal and corruption. The time for this change in political governing  is in order. Not only because of our good welfare …..but rather because of these much too many crooks, abusers..

And once elected…….periodical checks are required, even recalls on all politicians, senators too  to insure that these politicians have not next  not falling to the weigh side while in office  and they should not be treated be treated any better or differently over  anyone else in life who does wrong, evil, crimes.

Obviously too many of our politicians, civil and public servants as evidenced from their past and current behavior and conduct really are no better then anybody else, are unsuited thus for their jobs and should be removed ASAP

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it’s time the RCMP looked at the questionable spending practices – their own and the others   http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/02/13/ndp_seeks_rcmp_probe_into_senate_expenses_controversy.html …

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OTTAWA – Controversy over Mike Duffy’s Senate housing allowance has mushroomed into a bigger question — whether he’s entitled to sit in the Senate at all — that now threatens to ensnare colleague Pamela Wallin. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/housing-flap-plaguing-duffy-wallin-raises-questions-senate-231632232.html

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Wallin’s Senate eligibility questioned by political scientist  Senators are required to be residents of the province they represent, but according to Leeson, political science professor emeritus at the University of Regina, since she was appointed in 2009, Wallin has given less than satisfactory answers to questions about her connection to the province.”If she would simply say, ‘Yes, I have a driver’s licence. Yes, I have a health care card. Yes, I file my taxes from here,’ that would clear it up,” he said. “But she hasn’t done that.” Wallin has repeatedly said she owns property in Saskatchewan and meets the Senate residency requirement. However, she declined to answer questions from CBC News about whether she has a Saskatchewan health card or a Saskatchewan driver’s licence. http://bit.ly/12gLmYj

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 Wallin has claimed $321,037 in ‘other travel’ and $29,423 on flights from Ottawa to her home province of Saskatchewan since September 2010. But supposedly 70 per cent of her travel expense were for tickets from Ottawa to Toronto, where Wallin owns a condo.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/senator-pamela-wallin-audited-over-350-000-travel-135810011.html 

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SADLY NO ONE ADMITS THEIR GUILT, NOT EVEN DR PORTER OF MUHC OR ANY SENATORS, MPS, MAYORS, CITY HALL SERVANTS RATHER THEY TOO  OFTEN FALSELY DO EVEN USE THREATS, LAWYERS TO SUPRESS ANY ACCUSATIONS, NEGATIVE FACTS..THEY CANNOT DENY THE TRUTH STILL

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Senators Brazeau, Duffy, Harb face outside audit  – NO SUCH TING AS A LITTLE BIT PREGNANT http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/senators-brazeau-duffy-harb-face-outside-audit-1.1148469 …

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THE VERY BAD SENATORS APPOINTED IS THE MAIN ISSUE, EVEN I CAN SEE THAT, AND  NOT THE SENATE ITSELF, THAT INCLUDES THE BAD SELECTIONs MADE BY THE CURRENT PRIME MINISTER  STEPHEN HARPER
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“In fact, the most common lament one hears these days from long-time senators of both political stripes is that the Harper appointees are nothing more than cheerleaders, tossing reasoned debate and committee work over the deck in favour of boosting the man who gave them the job. To Ottawa-based journalists, Duffy betrayed the tribe, insulting those of us who believe our job is to try to hold our elected representatives to account, not to turn on a dime once a patronage plum is dangled.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/02/11/why_mike_duffy_has_a_big_target_on_his_back_tim_harper.html
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NO SUCH TING AS A LITTLE BIT PREGNANT..   ONE HAS TO BE REALLY DUMB IF ONE THINKS THAT THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE, HOUSING ALLOWANCES, THAT  HE MIKE DUFFY OR ANY OTHERS HAVE CHEATED, LIED STOLE NOW.  AS OLD BAD HABITS DIE HARD. AND THE ORDINARY FOLKS WOULD NOT BE LEFT GO THAT EASILY. ALL PEOPLE IN LEADERSHIP HAVE TO BE JUDGED MORE SEVERELY AS THEY ARE ALSO TO BE GOOD EXAMPLES AND NOT BAD ONES. PUBLIC EXPOSURE AND PROSECUTION OF THE GUILTY PERSONS SERVES EVERYONE’S BEST INTEREST STILL INCLUDING MIKE DUFFY’S .  FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL,  THE FIRST RULE OF JOURNALISM STILL APPLIES HERE TOO.

Now you can run but not hide, but as a Politiican, civil and public servant, professing leader, pastor or preiest too you lead by personal example  too, all people have a right to judge all you do.

Brazeau used father-in-law’s address to get tax exemption   http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/brazeau-used-father-in-law-s-address-to-get-tax-exemption-1.1146468 …

Senator Patrick Brazeau is to be forced on leave after his criminal charges and what about the other bad senators? http://cbc.sh/UWEHsgQ

The sad Arthur Porter affair prompted next stricter vetting by the government at even the federal spy watchdog http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Arthur+Porter+affair+prompted+stricter+vetting+federal+watchdog/7931423/story.html …

Quebec’s police task force on corruption is probing how a billion-dollar contract for a Montreal mega-hospital was awarded to a consortium led by Montreal engineering giant SNC Lavalin Group Inc. The police raids conducted at McGill University Health Centre headquarters http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebecs-anti-corruption-police-squad-searches-mcgill-university-health-centre/article4551179/

MONTREAL — Former federal Senator David Angus has been questioned by Operation  Marteau investigators probing the awarding of the McGill University Health  Centre (MUHC) super hospital contract to SNC-Lavalin, La Presse reported   http://www.globalmontreal.com/former%20federal%20senator%20questioned%20by%20quebec%20fraud%20investigators%20report/6442730071/story.html

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When this kind of corruption is all you hear about you know that the Conservative state government even  has gone rotten.
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By the way the people who make false expense statements are also guilty now of tax evasion

SEE ALSO

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/education-does-not-insure-morality-nor-are-professionals-better-persons/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/political-corruptions-is-still-a-canada-wide-event/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/why-the-ongoing-obsessesion-with-political-corruptions-fraud-etc/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/it-is-an-understatement-to-say-many-are-disgusted-with-the-corruptions-in-the-canadian-governments/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/truths-we-all-have-to-face-deal-with-sooner-or-later-even-in-2013/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/finally-police-probe-mcgill-hospital-contract/

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