We’ve been following the story of Rosamond Luke and it just gets worse and worse. And as usual we have all kinds of questions which go unanswered by the report.
Why did it take so long for the Board to investigate?
Brenda Saunders/Todd and Patricia Glazebrook, the two remaining members of the board, told reporters Wednesday that the association is closing because it has only $20,000 remaining from over $150,000 in grants it received this year.
Why are there only 2 remaining members? What happened to the rest and when did they leave -and why?
The association received $132,700 of a $142,700 federal grant from Status of Women Canada and about $19,000 of a $40,000 grant from the IWK Health Centre.
Just seven women. Wasn’t anyone monitoring the work? Wasn’t anyone accountable for the money spent?
About $84,000 was paid in cash or directly to Ms. Luke without proper documentation, Ms. Saunders/Todd said. She said some money went for a trip to Washington that the board hadn’t authorized.
The board questioned a cheque for about $2,200 Ms. Luke wrote to a company where her daughter works. Another $1,500 cheque was for expenses related to federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay’s announcement in June of the $142,700 grant.
” Signed by her” – what organisation doesn’t have at least two people signing the cheques. Where was the treasurer? “Without proper documentation”. What a way to run an organisation.
SoW (Status of Women) must be ticked. It has been under fire lately from the Conservatives to prove its worth and this won’t help them.
New Democrat MP Peter Stoffer has asked Auditor General Sheila Fraser to investigate the federal grant. The federal Liberals are also calling for Ms. Fraser to look into the matter.
Mr. Stoffer is questioning whether Ms. Luke’s Tory ties helped her organization get the money and he said Mr. MacKay has to provide some answers.
Now there’s a question. What were Ms. Luke’s Tory ties? Just because she was asked to be a candidate and she accepted (for a few days) doesn’t mean she had deep Tory ties. We know one candidate locally whose Tory ties were pretty tenuous.
Guess we will have to wait for Frank to give us a better handle on what was really going on at AWEDA.