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February 17, 2004

On February 9, 2004, Paul Martin and the
Liberals were rocked by a report from Auditor
General Sheila Fraser that sponsorship
contracts designed to increase the federal
government's status in Quebec resulted in little
to no work done. Many of the agencies had
Liberal ties, and roughly $100 million of the
$250 million in program spending went missing.
Martin has stated that there has to have been
political direction but denies involvement in, or
knowledge of, the sponsorship contracts, and
has called a public inquiry into what has come to
be known as the Sponsorship Scandal.
Opponents, however, state that as finance
minister he must have known about these
activities. They also noted that the role of the
Finance portfolio is uniquely powerful, since that
minister budgets for all of the other departments
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