Thursday, February 01, 2007

Auditing the untouchables

Months after allegations -- made by fellow Mohawks, as well as by non-Mohawk authorities -- of missing money, unaccounted sidearms, and favoritism at the Kanesatake Mohawk Police Service, the federal government is going to sic auditors on the sick police force. And, as a sort of afterthought, they've called in the Mounties.
Cut through the bumpf about the misdeeds happening under the Liberals, and the silly "Canada's New Goverment" sloganeering, and you'll see that this is a ballsy move that could stir up a lot of trouble in a place where trouble is a way of life:

Minister Day announces forensic audit of the Kanesatake Mohawk Police Service
OTTAWA, February 1, 2007

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that Canada ’s New Government will conduct a forensic audit of the Kanesatake Mohawk Police Service in order to shed light on the allegations of mismanagement of funds, which occurred under the previous government.
“Canada ’s New Government will not tolerate mismanagement of Canadian taxpayers’ money. Unlike the previous government, any allegation of mismanagement is a matter that our government takes seriously,” said Minister Day. “That’s why a forensic audit will take place as soon as possible,” he added.
The forensic audit will follow up on the observations made by auditors working on a financial audit regarding the management of financial activities in Kanesatake between April 2003 and March 2005, as well as the expenses incurred by the Kanesatake Mohawk Police Service.
The government decided to proceed with a forensic audit following discussions between Public Safety and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as well as the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada . The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has been informed of this decision.
A Request for Proposal was sent to Public Works and Government Services Canada on January 24, 2007 to select the third party who will manage the forensic audit.
Minister Day also indicated that this matter has been referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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