Madam Speaker, the Mississauga festival in my riding applied for a grant under the sponsorship program. I believe some $75,000 was approved, but it did not get $75,000. It received half of that amount. The reason was because of reporting requirements under the contract. The rest of the money would not be forthcoming until such time as the festival filed all the necessary documentation and demonstrated that it had executed the program it applied for in the first place.
I am pretty sure that the pile of paper the member has been waving around are the applications that were approved in terms of the amount groups were eligible to receive, subject to them executing the program that was applied for and demonstrating that it was in accordance with the rules of the sponsorship program. As a consequence, I would fully expect that very few of the sponsorship applicants ever received the total amount they applied for simply because they were subject to post-audit accountability within the department.
Therefore, it is very clear that one cannot look at a cheque stub and say it does not equal the total amount applied for. The difference between $5,000 and $4,000 is $1,000, so therefore that $1,000 must have disappeared somehow. The money was never dispersed. How can it be lost if it was not dispersed?
The member is talking about things he really does not understand or does not know. The member is simply suggesting that somehow the list that he has is money that should have been paid out but was not paid out, and he wants to know why not. The fact that there was not that much shows there was--