Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kady O'Malley Detects Ambiguity in Lawrence Cannon's Attitude to R&D Matter

CBC reporter Kady O'Malley did a "live blog" of the March 16 Commons Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee evidence given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  She suggests that Mr. Cannon is not entirely comfortable with the responses prepared for him to give with regard to the current crisis at the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development..  This matter was raised by several of the opposition members of the Committee

"Cannon is doing his best to extend that arm as far as his tendons allow; White doesn't seem much more eager to wade in, in fact, as far as whether or not it is appropriate for R&D to hire an outside auditing firm. Interesting. You almost get the feeling Cannon actually wants -- or isn't dead set against the idea of -- the idea of the committee going gumshoe."

"White" is Gordon White, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Finance and Operations.

According to the Minutes of the Meeting: "It was agreed, That the Committee undertake a study of the situation at Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development)."

Later: Braun and Gauthier will appear before the C'tee next Tuesday (March 23) and Latulippe on the 30th:

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