Nothing “untoward” done with the Diefenbaker Trust Fund

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Allegations accusing illegal withdrawals from the Diefenbaker Trust Fund are inaccurate, city solicitor Ken Paskaruk said this week.


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“I don’t see that there’s anything untoward,” he said. “I think that there’s nothing illegal here, and if there are any insinuations by others, this is unfortunate.”

Both successful mayoral candidate Greg Dionne and unsuccessful candidate Dean Link alleged during the 2012 civic election that the fund was mishandled.

Prior to the election, Dionne claimed, "They transferred money out of a capital account that clearly says they can't do (so) without council permission."

Since the election, the city’s elected officials allowed the issue to remain unresolved until about six months ago when Coun. Don Cody motioned to have city administration prepare a report on trust fund financials.

“It was deferred to myself in late November, so I’ve had to spend some time digging through the files and getting the historical on this, so it’s taken longer than I had hoped to,” Paskaruk said, noting that it required “much digging” to get to the bottom of.

I think that there’s nothing illegal here, and if there are any insinuations by others, this is unfortunate. Ken Paskaruk

“I’m pretty well done, and it’ll likely be submitted here in the next three weeks -- likely in late February -- to council.”

Although he said that he won’t go into specifics before council has seen the report, Paskaruk said that everything appears in order.

“Things were done, in my view, as circumstances warranted,” he concluded.

The document will be presented to council within the next month. Initially, council will discuss the document in camera, at which time they’ll decide whether to make it public, Paskaruk said.

“I suspect that council will likely direct that to move forward into the public forum, and that’ll be the end of that, I trust.”

Organizations: Diefenbaker Trust Fund

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