McGuinty must explain grants

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - Two days after promising to do so the McGuinty
government has yet to produce any documentation explaining why so-called "Year
End Funds" at the Ministry of Citizenship flowed to Liberal-friendly
organizations who have little to show for it.
    The Iranian-Canadian Community Centre received $200,000 over a year ago.
They registered as a charity devoted to "protection of animals" only three
weeks before. More than a year after the grant flowed there is no evidence of
a community centre. The group is registered at the law office of a Liberal
riding association president and a provincial Liberal candidate sits on the
    The Bengali Cultural Society in Toronto received $250,000 based on a
recommendation by Liberal MP Maria Minna. The vice-president of her riding
association sits on the board of the group. Other Bangladeshi groups say
they've never heard of the Society.
    "If Dalton McGuinty has an explanation for this I'd love to see it. We
haven't yet," said NDP MPP Michael Prue. "Liberal party activists have been
handed hundreds of thousands of dollars without any paperwork or anything to
show for it. The public deserves an explanation."

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