Still on Sheila Fraser’s leaked report into the G8/G20 funding, which by definition is scandalous (money for border infrastructure was used to buy toilets, build a G8 centre that was never used, plant trees and beautify areas far from where the summits were held).
The Conservative front man on this issue was John Baird, since Harper was/is busy primping for tonight’s debates.
“I told you what was not in the report. I don’t have the authority to release subsequent drafts. I haven’t seen the final draft,” Baird said. Which didn’t stop Baird from claiming the final draft was ‘substantially different’ that the leaked one and then leaking his own draft of the report to CTV Bureau Chief, Robert Fife.
Baird also said that “common” for versions of reports to be changed substantially. In this case, however, according to those who’ve actually seen it, like correspondent Greg Weston, there is very little in the final report that’s different from the original one.
Overall, Baird manages to give a whole new dictionary meaning to the word ‘transparent’: “We are very comfortable to ask for the report to be made public so people can come to their own conclusions and their own judgments. I think that is being open. I think that is being incredibly transparent.”
I suppose that leaking a report while he spins its contents is Baird’s version of transparency. But we’re told by those in the know that the report has a section named: “The funding request was not made in a transparent manner.”
All I can think of now whenever I see John Baird is Pinocchio’s nose.
Peggy’s regular blog posts on writing and getting published will resume on May 3rd, after the Canadian election.