Waste Not, Want Not: Both sides of the border (patrol)

Who says Canadian politicians and cops can’t be as corrupt and self-serving as those in the US?

The US’s gestapo…sorry, “customs and border protection” were alloted US$112 million to buy food and medicine for immigrants held in the concentration camps.  So what did they do with it?  Buy toys and leave people to starve, of course.

I strongly predict the only consequences will be sideways career moves.

Customs and Border Protection used money meant for food and medicine on dirt bikes and ATVs, says GAO

June 12, 2020, 5:06 AM CST

By Adiel Kaplan

Customs and Border Protection spent parts of a $112 million emergency fund meant to buy food, medicine and other items for migrants on all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and boats, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Thursday.

“Congress provided this additional funding for the primary purpose of improving conditions for migrants at the border and ensuring migrants were receiving adequate healthcare after the deaths of multiple children in custody,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement. “Instead of helping migrants and improving conditions on the ground, CBP then broke the law by spending this taxpayer money on things that were not authorized — such as ATVs, dirt bikes, and computer systems.”

On the other side of the border in Canada’s buybull belt, Alberta’s “united conservative party” (UCP, a merger of Progressive Conservatives and the racist Wildrose Party) has allowed similar corruption and misuse of public funds by cops.  Only this time, the cops have permission.

The money was intended for victims of crime (e.g. survivors of Intimate Partner Violence) to obtain resources.  Instead, the money is now being used to arm violent cops.

UCP proposal to use part of victims fund for policing and prosecution is a conflict, critics say

Meghan Grant · CBC News · Posted: Jun 08, 2020

Alberta’s UCP government is taking money away from victims to fund policing initiatives in the province, a move opponents of the proposed legislation changes have called unethical and a “ploy.”

Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer proposed changes to the Victims of Crime Act and Fund that would allow the government to dip into money meant to support those affected by crime.

[. . .]

Money for the fund comes from provincial fine surcharges imposed following convictions with an objective to help crime victims through financial relief and support programs.

Aside from the Rudd’s concerns, defence lawyer Deborah Hatch says there are also ethical concerns surrounding the proposed changes to the legislation.

“It is a conflict. It seems to create a financial incentive — or at least the appearance that there is a financial benefit to the prosecution and to the police — to make sure that cases end in convictions,” says Hatch.

I always knew Alberta’s rightwing politicians were cut from the same cloth as the US’s republicans: garbage bags.


  1. jrkrideau says

    With Jason Kenny as Premier, the United Conservative Party is running wild. I sometimes get the feeling that Kenny could make Steven Harper look like a moral beacon.

    It also looks like the UCP cannot bring itself to admit that big oil days are over for the foreseeable future. I think their spring budget was predicated on $60 a barrel oil!