Wednesday, June 28, 2006


At least it wasn't golf balls

Newfoundland and Labrador's Auditor General is questioning why more than $2.6 million in government funds was paid to three companies for items such as lapel pins, fridge magnets and key chains.

This was the tip of the iceberg that has seen one-time cabinet member Ed Byrne falls under police investigation. There are allegations that Byrne, who has been the MHA in Kilbride for 13 years, claimed $358,142 during the 2003 and 2004 fiscal years — more than 10 times the amount of money he was entitled to spend.

Premier Danny Williams has enjoyed some high times in Newfoundland. It now appears that the political low is setting in. His politicians don't even have an excuse like a unity crisis to hang it on. They simply have to chalk it up to unbridled greed and patronage.

My understanding of the 2.6 million on trinkets goes back through several governments. I'm sure Williams will take most of the heat, as he should, since it was up to him to clean things up when he was elected.
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