Nobody knew Nothing...No, really, they didn't and that was because Public Works Canada wanted it that way,
The Public Works review, covering three years of advertising contracts from 2000 to 2003, had been expected to find significant improvements over the previous three years because of changes in the way contracts were managed.Boy am I ever glad we elected the Liberals to get to the bottom of this.
The government revamped some advertising procedures in 2001 after persistent problems with the files.
But the new review, completed last November, found almost no improvements. Investigators could not even locate about 5 per cent of the files chosen for examination.
For the files they could locate, statements of required work were inadequate, there was lack of justification for choosing one supplier over another, and there was often no paperwork to demonstrate that the invoices submitted were valid.