FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY FOR SOME……… (SECRECY AND CONCESSION FOR OTHERS) 8/28/2015

SASKATCHEWAN COALITION AGAINST RACISM
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FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY FOR SOME……… (SECRECY AND CONCESSION FOR OTHERS)

The Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) has noted repeated calls for First Nations to accept the federal government’s politically motivated Transparency Act . Such demands for First Nation financial transparency ring hollow in the face of the secret, uncontrolled,  Auditor General directed, spending by several federal government agencies in the shameful human rights case of Canadian scientist, Dr. Chander Grover. Dr. Grover, a scientist of South Asian ancestry, began his career at the National Research Council (NRC) in 1981 and, on the basis of his outstanding qualifications and work experience, became the agency’s foremost expert in a leading technology field. In 1992 and 1994  Canadian Human Rights Tribunals  found that the NRC had discriminated against Dr. Grover on the basis of his race, nationality and color. Despite the Tribunals orders of “no more discrimination”, the NRC continued with their racist abuse which naturally spawned further complaints. In 2003, while the president of the NRC was engaging Dr. Grover in lengthy discussions for a negotiated settlement of all outstanding matters, the NRC, with the secret involvement of Auditor General Sheila Fraser, continued with formulating its plan to intensify the harassment and to prolong the litigation process. “And prolong it they did, as the case is now nearing the end of its third decade,” states Bob Hughes SCAR spokesperson. “It is estimated that the NRC and other federal government agencies have spent more than $60 million to deny justice in this case. In fact, the lead private lawyer for the government in this case moved his office from Victoria to Ottawa to get on this ‘runaway gravy train’”, said Hughes. SCAR is asking the very serious question, “Who are you gonna call when our financial watchdog is directing the financial waste?” Not the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, who looked at it and were initially interested until they realized how such a scandal would affect the Harper Government. And it seems so far that all of the political leaders that SCAR has called to intervene either don’t care about such human rights and financial abuse, or they are afraid of the Office of the Auditor General. “I can assure you that we are not afraid and that we have the h documents to prove what we are alleging,” said Hughes. “But, does anyone really care, or is it more politically expedient to just demand transparency for First Nations.”

CONTACT:
Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism
POB 33022
Cathedral PO
Regina
S4T 7X2
scar.regina@gmail.com