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President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement pauses during a news conference in Ottawa on August 4, 2011. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement pauses during a news conference in Ottawa on August 4, 2011. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Government broke rules with G8 fund, interim A-G says Add to ...

The interim auditor-general says the Harper government broke the rules when it created and spent a $50-million-dollar G8 legacy fund.

But John Wiersema says there's no point in conducting further audits of the controversial fund because there's no paper trail to follow.

He says it's up to Parliament to try to get to the bottom of the fund.

Treasury Board President Tony Clement dispensed the fund on 32 beautification projects in his Parry Sound-Muskoka riding in advance of last year's G8 summit.

In a report last spring, the auditor-general concluded public servants were shut out of the selection process.

New Democrat MP Charlie Angus told Mr. Wiersema he's concerned that the audit concluded there was no documentation about the selection process when the NDP's research has shown otherwise.

The NDP has dredged up municipal records that show a dozen federal public servants attended community meetings about the legacy fund.

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