Gomery's Blinders and Canadian Federalism
In 2004, Paul Martin asked Justice John Gomery to lead a public inquiry into potential misspending in the federal Sponsorship Program - a relatively small investment of taxpayers' money to try to convince Quebeckers of the benefits of Canadian federalism in the aftermath of the 1995 referendum on Quebec separation.
The inquiry's initial phase grabbed national attention with its testimony of envelopes stuffed with cash left on restaurant tables, bills paid with little evidence of work done, money spent possibly by a political party.
The Gomery inquiry chose to focus exclusively on the sordid details of the dirty tricks of money laundering and to pay no attention to the deeper causes and sources of the problem: the dysfunctions of an existing centralized governing apparatus that is tearing the fabric of the country apart, and the collusion of centralizing groups to defend the status quo.
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Very thought-provoking look at the recommendations coming out from the Gomery inquiry into the sponsorship scandal. I suggest people read the Gomery recommendations before reading this book in order ... Read full review
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