Tuesday, May 22

It's time provinces accounted for federal funds

If anyone reading this finds $2 billion -- in your other coat pocket, say, or in your chequing account or anywhere, really -- would you let the federal government know? There's a good chance it might be the $2 billion Ottawa seems to have lost.

More precisely, it's the amount that the federal government lost track of after forwarding the money to various provinces in the last three years, money that was to have been spent on child-care services.

Monica Lysack, executive director of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, said that Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Yukon and Nunavut have yet to file spending reports for 2004-05 to account for their share of that $2-billion wad.

The full report will be published "when it's ready," said a spokesperson for Monte Solberg, minister of human resources. We can't wait.

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