Facts defy self-serving eulogies, undeserved praise and the Conservative’s crass opportunism. The glue that bonded Flaherty’s team was money and access to the federal treasury.
(Excerpt from Wikipedia) – Flaherty said his office broke government contracting rules in hiring MacPhie & Company to help write the 2007 budget speech and provide advice on how to sell the document. MacPhie & Company was awarded the $122,000 contract without tender by Flaherty’s office. On February 7, 2008, Liberal finance critic John McCallum formally called on Auditor General Sheila Fraser to conduct an audit into the untendered contract awarded by Flaherty to MacPhie & Company for work done in advance of the 2007 budget. Continue reading
The so-called surprise surplus that Minister of Finance James Flaherty has just announced is due to service cuts and sales of public assets, not to the Harper dictatorship’s financial wizardry. Harper could create an even bigger surplus if he just cancelled all services and sold off Canada. – Dougal MacDonald
By K.C. ADAMS, TML Weekly
• Part One: Ideo-Political Considerations of the Federal Budget
CANADIANS are understandably concerned with the prospects for the country. At this stage in history, people are blocked from setting the aim, agenda and direction of the economy. The ruling elite expect the people to accept the dictate of the monopolies and the government for those features of modern democratic life that should belong to the people by virtue of being members of the polity.
A budget is an accounting tool of the economy. The expenditures and revenue of a nation, institution, collective or individual exist within a dialectical relationship. The ideo-political considerations of a budget both expenditures and revenue are set by those who control the nation, institution, collective or individual. The ideo-political considerations are the bedrock on which the aim of the nation, institution, collective or individual is fashioned and the expenditures and subsequent necessary revenue determined within the budget. More…
• Part Two: Mystery of State — The Hoax of Balancing the Budget
• Your Tax Dollar: 2011-2012 Fiscal Year – Department of Finance
• Summary of 2012 Budget – Department of Finance