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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

4/20/2004

Cookie Jar meets Hand

The release of internal government memos dashed any hope Martin had finally escaped the sponsorship scandal, with opponents leaping on two 1995 memos to drag the prime minister deeper into the fiasco.

Senior government officials dismissed the documents Tuesday as a distortion of reality and the subject of a decade-old dispute within government now being resurrected to damage Martin in the sponsorship scandal.

In 1994-95, the Finance Department then led by Martin awarded seven communications contracts worth $525,900 to two Martin-friendly firms without following appropriate guidelines, according to the memos.

Those allegations were made in letters exchanged between a key figure in the sponsorship scandal - Public Works bureaucrat Chuck Guite - and Warren Kinsella, an assistant to then-Public Works minister David Dingwall.

They agreed that the contracting practices in Martin's department had to be stopped.
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Meanwhile, over at Warren Kinsella's blog (sort of) Kinsella links to a CP story in which:
"None of these procurements were conducted through (Public Works) contrary to cabinet-approved guidelines. This is simply unacceptable,'' said the July 24, 1995, memo from Warren Kinsella, an aide to then-public works minister David Dingwall.

"I require an immediate explanation as to how the department in question (Finance) was permitted to breach the guidelines in this way, and what is being done to remedy the situation.''
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If ever there was a torpedo shot at the waterline of the good ship Martin this is it.