WINNIPEG– Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic Kevin Lamoureux made the following statement today on Conservative Minister Jason Kenney’s use of public funds for ethno-cultural media monitoring:
“Jason Kenney seems unable to resist abusing Canadians’ tax dollars. First there was his blatant misuse of government letterhead and resources to solicit $200,000 for an advertising blitz in ‘very ethnic’ ridings. Then, Minister Kenney billed Canadians for $37,000 in limo rides around Toronto and Vancouver – double the bill incurred by disgraced former Conservative Minister Bev Oda.
Now we see that the minister has used $750,000 to track his media coverage and image. This media monitoring was clearly part of a partisan vanity project and had little to do with public policy issues.
Media monitoring of Conservative election campaign events and candidates using departmental resources is a flagrant and shameful abuse of taxpayer dollars. Minister Kenney must immediately end this misuse of public funds and apologise to all Canadians.”