Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
It's Wednesday, February 16th.
International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda admitted to adding the word "not" to a memo ... thus reversing a funding recommendation made by her department.
Currently, Oda stands by the integrity of her decision.
This is The Current.
Civil Servants - Claude Poirier
We started this segment with the now-infamous exchange between International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda and Liberal MP John McKay. It took place last December. The "not" they were sparring over was hand-written in block capitals on a document signed by Minister Oda and top officials at the Canadian International Development Agency, or CIDA.
The original document recommended the agency's approval of about 7 million dollars worth of funding for Kairos, a church-backed development agency. But the "not" changed that recommended approval to a denial. At the time, Minister Oda denied that she wrote the "not" and said that she didn't know who did. But earlier this week, she had a different explanation for the House of Commons.
Opposition MPs have accused Minister Oda of undermining her staff's expertise ... and trying to use the people under her as scapegoats. Claude Poirier is the head of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees. It represents close to 14 thousand federal employees, including government economists, statisticians and policy analysts ... whose job it is to help politicians make informed policy decisions. Claude Poirier was in Ottawa.
Civil Servants - Bob Rae
We contacted International Development Minister Bev Oda's office and asked to speak to her, or anyone else from the Government who would be willing to comment on this story. We did not receive a reply.
Bob Rae is a Liberal MP and his party's Foreign Affairs Critic. He was in Ottawa.
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