Roundup: A day of many reports

The big news yesterday was the Auditor General’s report, and most people were talking cyber-security and problems at Veterans Affairs, but the report also highlighted the problems the government has with its long-term fiscal sustainability. More specifically, approving big spending items without doing any kind of analysis on the long-term impact on the state of the nation’s finances – you know, stuff the Parliamentary Budget Officer has been trying to get information about. Gosh, it’s a good thing that we have MPs to scrutinise the estimates and public accounts to catch this sort of thing – oh, wait…

The Security and Intelligence Review Committee’s report also came out yesterday, which pretty much trashed the no-fly list.

Yet another report that came out yesterday was that of the Correctional Investigator, and it highlighted the problem of self-harm that is growing in the prison system. Yeah, we really do need to do something about the problem of mental health in the prison population, and somehow I doubt that cutting chaplains contributes to that solution.

National Defence says the head of the RCAF “misspoke” when he said they weren’t looking at any other options than the F-35s at this point. Um, okay then. Except that other industry players haven’t been asked for more information, and Lockheed Martin is still proceeding as planned with the assumption that Canada is still buying.

What’s that? The bill to close loopholes in political loans laws is so messy and complicated it may need to start from scratch? You don’t say! Maybe we could draft laws that were meant to be useful rather than just designed to punish the Liberals. Maybe?

The government is signalling it may start regulating pre-paid credit cards.

Economist Stephen Gordon calls more bullshit, this time on the Conservatives’ demonization of carbon taxes, which are actually far less costly than the Conservative approach of regulation. Imagine that!

It looks like the Conservatives use of “micro-targeting” ethnic ridings may have been more effective than previously thought – while other parties scramble to catch up.

While Maurice Velacott doubles down on defending why he gave Diamond Jubilee medals to two anti-abortion activists – one of whom is still in jail for intimidation – but it seems that there are no real rules on how one qualifies for the award, and most MPs are keeping their lists of recipients secret – though some did open up as to who they awarded their allotment of medals to.

Dalton McGuinty officially ruled out a run at the federal Liberal leadership – not that any of us were actually taking that seriously. His brother David, however, may still be mulling.

Here is your recap of last night’s political shows – in case you haven’t had enough analysis of the AG’s report.

And if you were curious about the Jeffrey Delisle documents, well, they’re all right here, courtesy of the Chronicle Herald.