Jesus, Mary, Mother of God! First, there was this:
Tories to cancel PromArt
David Akin, Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, August 08, 2008
OTTAWA -- The federal government will cancel a program today that sent artists abroad to promote Canadian culture because the program's grant recipients included "a general radical," "a left-wing and anti-globalization think-tank" and a rock band that uses an expletive as part of its name...
More than 300 grants were awarded in 2006-07.
Among those who received a grant was author Gwynne Dyer, who received $3,000 to help him travel to Cuba for a series of lectures. The grant program's annual report said Dyer's funding application was approved "with the expected results of creating greater awareness and appreciation of Canadian foreign policy ... within key audiences of Cuban decision makers and opinion leaders."
Yeah. Fucking Dyer. Commie bastard. Leeching off of the taxpayers for 3 grand. Um ... hello ... what's this? (emphasis tail-waggingly added)
'Left-wing' writer denies applying for travel grant
Author and journalist Gwynne Dyer, who became a poster boy for wasteful federal spending when the Tories axed a program to send arts and culture abroad, says he travelled at the government's request and never applied for the grant he got.
Mr. Dyer was labelled a "left-wing" writer with plenty of money in a leaked Conservative Party memo that identified several recipients of PromArt grants, which help pay for artists' travel, as "not exactly the foot that most Canadians would want to see put forward." Mr. Dyer travelled to Cuba in 2007 to speak about democracy. The memo was leaked on Friday.
Mr. Dyer told The Globe and Mail that a Foreign Affairs official at the Canadian embassy in Cuba called him and asked him to speak in Havana, promising to cover his travel expenses. He said he was given $3,000 in cash to cover his airfare, hotel and expenses in Cuba, and that he had never heard of PromArt until last week.
"It suggests to me this is the gang who can't shoot straight. My surmise ... is that they didn't have a pot of money that they could easily fit this into, so a little creative bookkeeping was done ... and you take it out of the PromArt budget," he said.
I'm guessing someone is currently backdating some shit furiously as we speak. And I'm betting some people are feeling pretty fucking stupid right about now.
WHEN "LEFTIES" FIGHT BACK. As Alison points out in the comments, Dyer responds with a wicked towel snap to some CPoC nads. Yeah, that's gonna leave a mark.