Saturday, January 18, 2014

Another quick 180 degree pirouette?

Good Day Readers:

It's always amusing, don't you think, when politicians get caught the alacrity with which they return questionable money as though nothing happened. And if the media hadn't showed up? You need look no farther than the senate scandal. Like the police are given to saying, "Let's move right along folks there's nothing to see here."

Since Shelly Glover has been Heritage Minister how much money has she approved to cultural groups and which ones? Conversely, which has she cut, by how much and why?

Don't ever expect to get an answer from the super secretive Conservatives.

Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk
Shelly Glover refunds potentially controversial donations

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Canadian Heritage Minister and Saint Boniface MP has refunded donations that would have violated conflict of interest rules, after office her office organized an event Thursday with members of Winnipeg's arts communities. (CBC)

Shelly Glover likely hopes she's averted controversy after a questionable fundraiser earlier this week.

The federal Heritage Minister attended an event in her Saint Boniface riding on Thursday evening.

But when she got there, she learned that many of the attendees were members of Winnipeg's arts community, who have dealt with her department.

Everyone at the event made a $50 donation to attend, and one person made a $500 donation.

The problem is, under federal conflict of interest rules, cabinet ministers cannot solicit donations from anyone who has asked for money or who may ask for money from her department.

In a statement released late Friday, Mike Storeshaw, Glover's Director of Communications, said the Minister wasn't personally involved in organizing the event.

Storeshaw said Glover has refunded the money and has written the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.

He said she's instructed her Electoral District Association which organized the fundraiser not to hold similar events.

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