Tuesday, October 18, 2005

You're Fired

So the news is out that two staff members of the DFO in Canada were fired for "inappropriate activities" with a credit card. One staffer from Newfoundland was fired for having fraudulently racked up $10,000 on a credit card. Staff spent excess money booking ultra-expensive flights at up to over $5000 more than the lowest priced available flights, bumped up how much they paid in exchange rates in other countries so they could pocket the extra money, and stayed around for vacations after conferences abroad--charging it all to the government. The sad thing is not just that this stuff happened but the yawns with which such news is met. We have become so used to fraud and abuse of money and power in government that we hardly blink an eye. After all, this seems small peanuts after the Gomery enquiry. Yet, as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we should be upset, no irate, about this issue too. This is the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, we are talking about. These are the people who should be providing us with more science about our fish stocks. They should be spending more to enforce our laws and prevent foreign overfishing but they're too busy finding creative ways to stick their hands in the public till.

I'm sure the coming days will see more discussion about this and the situation will be rectified, never to occur again. Sure, b'y.

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