Liberals across the country and especially the Michael Ignatieff-led Liberal caucus in Ottawa must be very disappointed that a major, multi-year Canadian government program went off without the usual foul-ups, favoritism or corruption that seemed to dog major Liberal government-sponsored programs.
In her report released yesterday, Auditor-General Sheila Fraser concluded the Harper government’s stimulus program was well-managed. Imagine that. She reportedly found that the “government adequately handled the ‘risks’ of designing a $47-billion job-creation scheme in a hurry, and that the money went to applicants that met eligibility criteria.”
This was a major test for PM Stephen Harper’s government, which has been disparaged and maligned by the Ignatieff-Layton opposition at every turn throughout the major international financial crisis that faced this nation in the past couple of years.
Ms. Fraser did find fault in other areas, but the stimulus program was my primary concern, and the Conservative government deserves both our praise and our gratitude for this job well done under constant pressure from an opposition who—too often lately it seems—would rather see Canada fail than see its government succeed.
Hats off to the PM and his cabinet!