July 20, 2024
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has pointed out that since the Liberals came to office in 2015, “the number of bureaucrats has ballooned by roughly 40% and the cost of the federal payroll has grown by 68%.” There’s the reason for rampant, unaccountable spending and mismanagement.

ArriveCAN fiasco reveals rampant poor management of federal civil service

As the old idiom goes, “It never rains but it pours.”

That certainly the case in the ArriveCAN scandal.

While Canadians were still busy digesting the initial outrageous revelations, the Department of National Defence (DND) announced Wednesday it had suspended all work with an IT contractor, Dalian Enterprises, that had received nearly $8 million for work on ArriveCAN.

But that’s not the downpour.

As first reported by CTV, the department also suspended David Yeo, the CEO of Dalian, because he was double dipping as a civilian employee of DND.

How convenient. Accepting millions in government contracts while also being paid as an employee of the government. While perhaps not technically forbidden, it does have a whiff of conflict-of-interest about it. (OK, OK, it reeks of conflict.)

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