Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Not" fair play for aid organization

Bev Oda
House of Commons speaker Peter Milliken says Conservative MP Bev Oda may have breached parliamentary privilege in statements she made to the House and a Commons committee when she said she didn't know who inserted the word "not" into a document which effectively denied $7 million in funding for the ecumenical aid organization KAIROS.  Both the Canadian Catholic Organization of Bishops and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace are members of KAIROS, along with the Anglican, Lutheran, and Presbyterian Churches of Canada and others.
Although Oda later admitted to instructing her staff to insert the word, the ruling opens up the possibility that Liberals will try to find the minister or the government in contempt of Parliament.

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