At the outset, let me state that anyone knowledgeable of how government operates will not be pleased with the Office of Auditor General let alone his Report into the Humber Valley Paving (HVP) affair.
I have read the Report. I am quite certain this is the stuff of Judicial Inquiries. One should be called forthwith.
How Premier Paul Davis responds to the findings will constitute the standard of integrity that will mark his Office.
The A-G’s Report, despite its shortcomings, leaves little doubt that the public purse was of secondary importance alongside the Minister’s political imperatives in advance of Frank Coleman’s nomination for the P.C. Leadership.
I cannot remember a time when a Cabinet Minister presided over such evidence-based proof of an abuse of power. Though the Premier denied having been informed in advance or that he was a party to the cancellation of the contract, it bears remembering that Premier Marshall stated, following the revelations, he believed Minister McGrath made the right decision. Perhaps, now the media will stop eulogizing his short tenure and acknowledge his terrible lack of judgement. We should all be grateful he is gone.
Still, questions remain which the quick resignation of Nick McGrath do not resolve.
This Post should be entirely about the Minister and the other parties who played supporting roles in an affair that stinks. Instead, my comments are directed towards the Auditor General, the necessity for which, I find disconcerting. I am sure I will get back to the subject of Nick McGrath later.