Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ontario Minister Responsible for Slush Funds Quits

Liberal Mike Colle exits cabinet under a dark cloud. Read about it in the Globe here.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's government was rocked Thursday by the resignation of a cabinet minister after revelations that millions of dollars in grants were rushed out the door with no rules and procedures.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Mike Colle stepped down after the Auditor-General released a damning report concluding that the process for handing out grants to multicultural groups was not "open, transparent or accountable." There was often no paper trail, and many grants were handled in the minister's office based on little more than a verbal discussion with Mr. Colle or his staff, the report says.

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