Thursday, February 23, 2006

Probe away

A municipal audit of Winnipeg's photo enforcement program shows that taxpayers could be on the hook for nearly $50 million because of over-stated revenue projections.
Back in the bad old days when Glen Murray was Mayor, photo enforcement became a reality in Winnipeg - at the time the CTF took issue with this plan because the politicians bragged about how much money the city would rake in (and public safety, of course being a secondary result).

They were wrong - $50 million wrong. The only bright light in this saga is the program hasn't turned out to be a cash cow.

But to make matters worse, the company Winnipeg bought the cameras from is under investigation in Edmonton for alleged kick-back schemes. One city councilor wants the RCMP to investigate - he might be on to something.

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