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LeDaro: Stephen Harper celebrating the success of his pork barrel program

What is the better way of celebrating than singing?

LeDaro: Mike Duffy Celebrating

Thanks to Harper’s Pork Barrel program Mike Duffy can drink all the beer he can and eat as much pork chops and bacon he desires.

The Sixth Estate: Pork Barrel Audit 3: No Evidence of Political Favouritism at Atlantic Innovation Fund

My third Pork Barrel audit moves over to the Atlantic to look at another of the regional granting organizations, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Although the ACOA board is chock full of patronage appointments, I have always had more respect for ACOA and its minister, Bernard Valcourt. Under Valcourt the granting programs on the . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Pork Barrel Audit 3: No Evidence of Political Favouritism at Atlantic Innovation Fund

The Sixth Estate: Pork Barrel Update: Harper Regime Still Distributing Money Fairly to Opposition Ridings… Sort Of

Most of the government met its required deadline of May 31st to publish last quarter’s reports of contributions over $25,000 to organizations across the country. The Sixth Estate Pork Barrel update has been delayed since then because I was waiting for the last laggards — Status of Women and Transport Canada — to file their . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Pork Barrel Update: Harper Regime Still Distributing Money Fairly to Opposition Ridings… Sort Of

The Sixth Estate: Pork Barrel Audit 2: FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative Gives Preferentially to Conservative Ridings

As promised, the second installment in my new series of Pork Barrel audits involves the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (aka FedDev). This initiative got into the news over the weekend when the government excitedly announced that $10 million from its southern Ontario small business subsidy program was being diverted to a German . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Pork Barrel Audit 2: FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative Gives Preferentially to Conservative Ridings

The Sixth Estate: HRSDC Disabilities Funding Diverted to Conservative Ridings: Sixth Estate Opens Investigation of HRSDC Granting Programs

Two months ago, the NDP came forward with allegations that Human Resources Minister Diane Finley was channelling money in the Enabling Accessibility Fund, a project which gives out grants to assist organizations in renovating to assist people with disabilities, disproportionately into Conservative ridings. Finley, incidentally, is the wife of Senator Doug Finley, one of the . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: HRSDC Disabilities Funding Diverted to Conservative Ridings: Sixth Estate Opens Investigation of HRSDC Granting Programs

The Sixth Estate: Conservatives Defund National Welfare Council to Fund Ministers’ Friends

Well, not directly. But I can’t help noticing that the $1 million which the Diefenbaker-era National Council of Welfare would have used next year to publish its regular reports on child poverty and welfare levels in our country, if it hadn’t been shut down, instead got spent on this very important and highly worthy cause:

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The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Pork Barrel Updated: Government Still Evenhanded

After last year’s election, one of the projects I started was the Pork Barrel, which uses the govermnent’s quarterly Proactive Disclosure files to estimate whether the government is giving out grants fairly or whether it is clustering the majority of its grant money in ridings held by Conservative Party MPs. Partisan spending is an accusation . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Pork Barrel Updated: Government Still Evenhanded