Boondoggles and government waste
One thing the Conservatives are talking about this election is government waste and corruption. They point to the long gun registry, the sponsorship program and HRDC “billion dollar boondoggle”. If you add all the reported waste together it would be about 2.25 billion dollars. The Conservatives aren’t giving all the facts.
The gun registry is a bad idea and an expensive program but it isn’t waste.
A detailed review of the HRDC program revealed that the actual amount of money unaccounted for was $85 000. A number the auditor general did not dispute.
The amount of money that was funneled to Liberal friendly ad agencies through the sponsorship program is at most 20 million.
Waste is bad, but a certain amount of it is inevitable. I will not let 20 million dollars and change distract me from the 7 years of balanced budgets, the resilience of the economy, and the positive things Canada is trying to do on HIV/AIDS and 3rd world debt.
I believe that the current government is less corrupt than the any of the governments we’ve had in the last 20 years. Why? Because we actually see the government admitting there are problems and they are putting measures in place to fix them. The Mulroney era was well known as an age of cronyism and patronage but they had no internal reviews or independent auditors actually bring this stuff to public light. Because the current Liberal government is more transparent I believe I can trust them more.