Auditor general gives details of 'scandalous' sponsorship program

from CBC.ca archives | Tue, 10 Feb 2004

OTTAWA - Auditor General Sheila Fraser Tuesday released her long-awaited report on the federal government's advertising and sponsorship contracts in Quebec, finding that millions of dollars were mishandled.

Fraser called the affair "scandalous," and said she was "appalled" by how money was wasted with no one in government seeming to care. Many of the transactions involved false invoices and contracts, or no contracts at all.

"I think this is such a blatant misuse of public funds that it is shocking. I am actually appalled by what we've found," she told a news conference in Ottawa.

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Auditor General Sheila Fraser

Auditor General Sheila Fraser