Our favourite limousine Conservative has admitted to the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee that she ordered the infamous KAIROS document to be doctored. She had previously denied it, deliberately misleading the House of Commons committee.
Kady O’Malley has been liveblogging here.
UPDATE: Time to bloody well juxtapose:
December 9, 2010: “CIDA Minister Bev Oda has found herself under fire after admitting to a parliamentary committee last week she does not know who altered a memo in which CIDA staff strongly recommended funding for ecumenical group KAIROS.
“In fact, the minister said she did not know if she even personally signed the document or whether it was altered before her signature was affixed to it, prompting renewed allegations of political interference—and possible fraud.
“‘I, personally, did not sign that document,’ she said. ‘It’s my signature, which is either a pen-signed or a personal-signed. I do not sign, as any minister does not sign, every document required to be signed.’”
December 22, 2010: “Minister Oda testified that when she signed the document, it had not contained the word “not.” She said that she did not add the word, “not,” nor did she know who did.
“Still, Oda said that she stood by the decision to deny funding to Kairos, which lobbies for peace and human rights in Canada and around the world.”
February 14, 2011: “At no time have I stated that the decision for funding was that of the department.
“I have repeatedly and clearly stated in response to questions in the house and at a committee, that the funding decision was mine.
“Given the way the document was formatted allowing only for concurrence, this was the only way to reflect my decisions. If some were led to conclude that my language implied that the department and I were of one mind on this application, then I apologize.
“I would, Mr. Speaker, indicate to you that the way in which this case has been handled, including by myself, has been unfortunate.
“In no way have I intentionally, or knowingly misled the house, or the committee.”
Oh, what a tangled web we weave…