Mr. Speaker, the contents of the federal budget are secret for good reason. Knowing where $300 billion of public money is being spent is valuable information.
A reporter once leaked details of the federal budget and was charged with possession of stolen goods.
Recently, a Conservative staffer was caught red-handed shopping around budget information to lobbyists for his own financial gain.
Just three days ago, someone from the office of the science and technology minister contacted the newsroom at the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal directly and released specific details of budget items.
It gets worse.
Local Conservative candidates, with no security clearance and no accountability, also leaked budget details this week and have tried to use this information for electoral gain.
Who else knows the contents of the budget? Conservative donors? Lobbyists? And are the Conservatives giving this information away or are they selling it?
Should these leaks be proven true, I will be asking the RCMP to investigate this Conservative government, once again.