It was any spending by the federal government. The accountability is a parliamentary one, of course, although the federal government might spend federal funds in areas of provincial legislative jurisdiction. Nonetheless, it has to have an appropriation from Parliament for the spending of any funds. There is that initial stage of the federal government having to get its funds from Parliament. Then at the end of the year it reports to Parliament on how it spent those funds. In terms of process, there's an accountability by the federal government to Parliament regarding its use of the funds that had been provided to it by Parliament.
On October 18th, 2011. See this statement in context.