Daycare …and gov’t waste of money uncare. (And early learning—wink!)

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One of those famous liberal government subsidized mass institutional daycare (and “early learning” —wink!) centers in Quebec (“the model for the rest of Canada”!) sure spent an awful lot of taxpayer cash on, um, flowers.  And china.  And lunch.  No word on how much was spent on, um, “early learning”.  (—Wink!) 

Director billed T.M.R. daycare for flowers, china, suit alleges

The former director of a non-profit daycare in Town of Mount Royal charged clothes, restaurant meals and spa visits to the daycare centre, a civil lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court alleges.

The Centre de la petite enfance Mont Royal is seeking repayment of $616,049.43 jointly from former director Jeany Tsitsos, accounting secretary Karen Goldfield and Rejean Carbonneau, the chartered accountant who audited the centre’s books.

[…] Lacombe said the government, which subsidizes about 80 per cent of CPE budgets, expects accountants to check the centres’ revenues and expenses.

“But in our experience, the CAs don’t go to the micro level, to check what each invoice was for,” she said. “They rely on the board to go to the micro level.”

The CPE Mont Royal lawsuit alleges that a closer look at the daycare’s $1.4-million annual budget and Tsitsos’s spending from April 2004 to July 2005 might have uncovered:

$25,802 for restaurant meals

$19,827 for china

$13,107 for flowers

$12,475 for clothing

Goldfield helped the director cover up her purchases, the lawsuit alleges.

Clothing bills, for example, were classified as “personal development” or “educational material,” the lawsuit claims. […]

Aren’t all liberal-left social programs basically “personal development” and taxpayer cash-spending programs?  So I don’t see the problem here.

(Hat tip: Maureen)

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