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Why wait for Gomery?

When it comes to cost overruns with the gun registry, the so-called HRDC billion-dollar boondoggle, and revelations radiating from the sponsorship inquiry that strongly suggest political influence and bureaucratic compliance in awarding contracts for work of little value, nothing infuriates the taxpayer more than an absence of responsibility or sanction through resignation or imposed job loss. In very telling testimony before Justice Gomery, Stephen Wallace, a top official from Treasury Board stated, "Managers, in fact, have the power to suspend, demote or fire...." However he, acknowledged, "That power isn't always exercised," and also confirmed that, "Consistent understanding and ability to use these tools is not evident across the system."

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Why wait for Gomery?

When it comes to cost overruns with the gun registry, the so-called HRDC billion-dollar boondoggle, and revelations radiating from the sponsorship inquiry that strongly suggest political influence and bureaucratic compliance in awarding contracts for work of little value, nothing infuriates the taxpayer more than an absence of responsibility or sanction through resignation or imposed job loss. In very telling testimony before Justice Gomery, Stephen Wallace, a top official from Treasury Board stated, "Managers, in fact, have the power to suspend, demote or fire...." However he, acknowledged, "That power isn't always exercised," and also confirmed that, "Consistent understanding and ability to use these tools is not evident across the system."

  

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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