Monday, December 8, 2008

Tories outspent Liberals on consultants

Posted by Christian  |  at  8.12.08

Party of fiscal responsibility. Right.

The Conservative government spent almost $1 billion on consultants in its first two years in office – nearly double what the Liberals spent in a similar time period, a Toronto Star investigation shows.

Wasn't there something about spending less on consultants in the fiscal update that started this mess?

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office did not respond to requests for an interview last week. In the Conservative government's recent economic update, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the government is asking ministers in all departments to "rein in" costs, including spending on consultants and travel. A recent Star investigation showed Conservative ministers and senior staff were frequently travelling overseas at top prices, often with a sizeable entourage.


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