Here’s something for Conservative supporters who voted thusly to “clean up politics” to forget the next time we go to the polls: Conservatives are just as dirty as the rest of them. Linked above is the announcement from Newfoundland’s Auditor General into the misuse of funds by one Edward J. Byrne, recent Minister of Natural Resources for Newfoundland and Labrador. It seems that the ex-Minister’s office has run up excess constituency expense claims totalling $326,642 for the 2003 and 2004 fiscal years. The report also implies (without placing a concrete figure on) excess expenses prior to 2003.
This is the attachment to the Auditor’s report, breaking down the payments by cheque.
Cookie jar, meet Mr. Hand.