Public Accounts Committee meeting continues in St. John's
Politicians are in the House of Assembly this morning, looking into sketchy spending decisions identified by the Auditor General in the province's agriculture Growing Forward program.
Three related companies – all owned by the same group of people – got three grants through the program totalling around $1.3 million.
Then-Auditor General Wayne Loveys raised red flags in his January report, partly because one of the three companies that got $500,000 wasn't even a farming operation – instead, it was a land-clearing company.
Based on Loveys' interpretation of the program guidelines, the company wouldn't have been eligible for the money, and by putting $1.3 million into three related entities, it effectively crowded out funding for other proposals.
The three farming entities are all located on the west coast in the Codroy Valley area.
The Public Accounts meeting continues this morning.