Monday, February 28, 2011

Media update: Election and Oda

A couple of media notes.

First, I am quoted in this Ottawa Hill Times article on the prospects of a federal election this spring.

Plus, today the Winnipeg Free Press published a letter to the editor I wrote on the Kairos affair in response to this column by Frances Russell:

Dear Sir/Madam:

Frances Russell is correct to castigate the federal government for its clumsy handling of the Kairos affair (Religion underlies battle over Oda, Feb. 23).

However, she is wrong to suggest only evangelical Christians oppose funding advocacy groups.

In fact, Canadians of all denominations would likely oppose using tax dollars to subsidize such groups, especially at a time when the country faces a massive deficit.

This is not about religion, it's about common sense. Advocacy groups should not grind their axes with our taxes.


Ken S from Ramara said...

You may or may not approve of using tax dollars to fund foreign aid projects, Parliament of Canada did. Once this matter is decided then these funds should be distributed in the most efficient manner. The Canadian Civil Service is not used because they are not very efficient at this task, so the governments outsource these tasks to NGOs.

CIDA logically concluded that KAIROS met all the requirements for this task. For political reasons the Harper government, did not, and authorized the alternation of a document, in order to shift the burden back on the shoulders of the Mandarins at CIDA. That action was a fraud and Min ODA should take responsibility for her actions!

Anonymous said...

In the future could the media hi-lite your your mentions.

Anonymous said...

Ken...where's your proof? Your comment is slander...get your facts straight or do you work for CBC?

This was Margaret Biggs testemony

"Yes, I think as the minister said, the agency did recommend the project to the minister. She has indicated that. But it was her decision, after due consideration, to not accept the department’s advice.

This is quite normal, and I certainly was aware of her decision. The inclusion of the word “not” is just a simple reflection of what her decision was, and she has been clear. So that’s quite normal.

I think we have changed the format for these memos so the minister has a much clearer place to put where she doesn’t want to accept the advice, which is her perogative."

Margaret Biggs says there’s no “forgery” case so how can anyone construct one without either her or the other signatory, Naresh Singh?

Anonymous said...

The action taken was correct.
Because things have been done one way for years indicates that perhaps they have been doing the WRONG thing for years.
Time for a correction to previous routes taken and get back on track.
There is no shame in making corrections to past ideas and in this case, the corrective action has been taken, no matter what you may think.
My tax dollars - My choice, period.

Alberta Girl said...

I call BS on KenS...."outsourcing" funding just puts another level of beauracracy into play - meaning less of our "tax dollars" actually are available for help. Cut out the middle man - stop giving tax dollars to these organizations - let them raise their own funds. If they are worthwhile, they will be successful, if they are not, they will fall by the wayside.

The whole Bev Oda "faux scandal" has nothing to do with "funding" and everything to do with the opposition wanting to find a "smoking gun" that will wipe out the stench of adscam from the voters minds.

Anonymous said...

Actually no one ever asked us "Ken"
The way I see it giving tax dollars to a NGO is bizzarre.
Funding groups that manage to put 10 or 12% of the money where it is actually supposed to go? The rest is being eaten by salaries and expenses. This is "efficent"
This benefits who?
Bev Oda stopped the gravy train. Thank you Bev, more please.
Cheers Bubba

Anonymous said...

As a skunk seeks to protect itself with a pungent, vile spray on their enemy, so also does this Liberal crowd with their baseless stigmatizing, character assassination and casting a slanderous, foul odor on those who stand in their way....those representing right and truth. This defensive tactic, which utilizes lies and deceit, partial truths and utter falsehood, works wondrously on any potential victim. From the most powerful to the most common of women, all against whom it is directed are so sullied and stigmatized by this vile slanderous odor that it ruins them irrevocably. The slander tactic is the last desperate attempt in the struggle for self-preservation at all costs. That is why they will NOT hold back and are quite vengeful in delivering their vile.

Gerald said...

I agree with Anon.The socialists,lieberals,cbc,and other msm has done everything possible to bring down the best P.M. Canada has ever known,at least in my time(71yrs.)and look who's still the P.M. How many seats would trudeau have gotten if the msm,and other groups were againt him like they are against P.M. Stephen Harper,worthy to be called Honorable.

Anonymous said...

Yawn, the government is me Ken, and I don't want to pay your salary anymore. (real conservative)