Canada's auditor general has rebuked the Conservatives for recycling an unrelated quote by her about a previous Liberal government's security spending in a parliamentary report on the costs of the G8/G20 summits in Ontario last summer, CBC News has learned.
The Conservatives' report, presented as a dissenting opinion to the Commons the morning Parliament was dissolved last month, quotes Sheila Fraser giving high marks to the Harper government for prudent spending on the summits...
Instead, she said, the Conservatives inserted an 2010 comment she made during a CBC News interview on security spending by a previous Liberal government after the Sept. 11 attacks a decade ago.
“The comments attributed to me in the [Conservative] report are completely unrelated to G8/G20 spending,” Fraser writes in her letter.
“I would appreciate it if the report could be modified as it is clearly erroneous.”
Fraser hadn't even appeared before this Committee on the matter, which eliminates even the filmiest of excuses. The Conservatives intentionally inserted a 7 year old quote, relating to the PAST government on an entirely DIFFERENT matter. This is disgraceful, and it involves a certain temerity that frankly acts as a signature example of this government's nature. That the Conservatives would misrepresent the Auditor General in this way to justify their own behaviour is amazing, I don't think hyperbole even possible in this case.
On the one hand, how PATHETIC is this government, that they require deceit to cobble together any credible argument, how WEAK is your REAL backing? On the other, we have seen occasions where misquotes have been used, but we've never seen someone of the AG's stature abused in this manner. There is no accident here with the government, no red faced oops, this is deliberate, it's shocking. I honestly can't remember another story that compares, this complete LIE of a presentation has no peer. I didn't think anything this government did now could surprise me...wrong again! WOW.