Am I the only one who wonders just what the heck is going on in this world ...


first one (cut and paste):



Canada spends $5.6M for new digs in Haiti

Greg Weston, CBC News
Canada is spending $5.6 million on property in earthquake-ravaged Haiti to build new diplomatic residences.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Ottawa will build new homes for its 24 embassy staff posted to the Caribbean country.

That means Canadian taxpayers are shelling out an average of about $244,000 for each diplomat getting new digs in Haiti — and that is just for the land.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/...#ixzz14SdkYIR5


second one:



Tories defend MP named in offshore tax probe


CBC News
Andrew Saxton, a former banker who is the Conservative MP for North Vancouver, is entangled in a political controversy over a tax-evasion investigation. (Courtesy andrewsaxton.ca)
The Conservative government is rejecting opposition demands for the removal of a Tory MP whose name appears in an offshore tax probe.

During question period Friday, NDP finance critic Thomas Mulcair said MP Andrew Saxton "simply cannot continue in his role" as parliamentary secretary to the president of the treasury board during the investigation and "has to step aside."

Government House leader John Baird dismissed Mulcair's demand, calling it "a drive-by smear" and adding: "I regret that the member would come to this place and ask that kind of question."

Saxton, during his previous career as a banker, approved a transfer of funds on behalf of a Canadian taxpayer to an account in Switzerland that the taxpayer set up to help evade taxes, CBC News and the Globe and Mail learned.

The investigation uncovered court documents that show Saxton, now the Conservative MP from North Vancouver, instructing the transfer of $199,975 into a Swiss bank account in 1994 on behalf of a Canadian client of RBC Dominion Securities in Victoria.

Saxton was the head of private banking for the Vancouver branch of Credit Suisse Canada from 1992 until 1994, when he left for a series of HSBC banking posts across Asia. He has been the Treasury Board parliamentary secretary since he was elected to Parliament in 2008.

Later in question period, Bloc Québécois MP Serge Cardin demanded that Prime Minister Stephen Harper fire Saxton, in view of the "very serious" information uncovered in the joint investigation by CBC News and the Globe and Mail.





I mean seriously, WTF ?!!!! (can you imagine what property vlaues would be right now in Haiti ... what do you think a quarter mill might buy there ...)