Environment Canada, agencies lapse $1-billion in spending on Conservatives’ watch

The government’s management of Environment Canada is a spectacular example of incompetence designed to mislead both the public and Parliament.

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A Keystone XL protest in Washington in 2014.
John McKay
Published: Wednesday, 03/18/2015 12:00 am EDT

In ordinary parlance "lapse" means a temporary failure in judgment or a deviation from an expected norm. In Parliamentary language, it means that a department did not spend all of the money allocated to it by a vote of Parliament. Either way, a lapse is supposed to be an occasional occurrence—not chronic behaviour.

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