TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Today, the Federal Court ruled that it will
not hold an emergency hearing on Avaaz's appeal to compel the Auditor
General to release the G8 spending report before the election.
Ricken Patel, Executive Director of Avaaz, responds to today's Federal
"There is a very good case that the Auditor General's decision to
withhold the G8 spending report is compromising the right to
information guaranteed for all Canadians under the Charter. The judge
did not rule on that issue today, instead he decided not to hold an
emergency hearing to compel to Auditor General to do the right thing
and release this report.
Unless the Auditor General reconsiders her decision, Canadians will have
to go to the polls and vote based on what they know. And what we know
is that a draft Auditor General's report shows the Conservative
government guilty of the largest financial malfeasance in recent
history, and the only claim to the contrary is provided by a minister
in that government. The court won't force the Auditor General to
provide the fingerprints, but we already have the smoking gun."
Earlier this week Avaaz, Canada's largest online advocacy organization,
sued the Auditor General for the immediate release of the report to
protect Canadians' constitutional rights. A leaked version of the
report alleges that the Harper Government illegally handed 50 million
taxpayer dollars to a Conservative riding and covered it up as G8
For more information, visit www.avaaz.ca.
For further information:
Brianna Cayo Cotter
Media Campaigner, Avaaz
m:+1 415 305 1943