The Campaign
As head of Canada Post, Andre Ouellet claimed $2 million worth of business expenses over eight years. He never produced so much as a parking receipt.

He told the accounting department how much to pay him, and they did. He called this the "honor system".

The Citizens Centre didn't buy it.

August 19, 2004
, the Citizens Centre launches an aggressive email campaign. 

Over the next couple of weeks, the Minister responsible for Canada Post, John McCallum, would receive 10,098 emails from angry citizens across the country.  Copies of these emails were sent to the following ten individuals as well, bringing the total number of emails delivered to 111,078.
Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Prime Minister
Hon. Anne McLellan, Deputy Prime Minister
Hon. Stephen Harper, Leader of the Official Opposition
Hon. Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board
John Williams, MP, Chair, Public Accounts Committee
Gilles Duceppe, MP, Leader of the Bloc Quebecois
Jack Layton, MP, Leader of the New Democratic Party
Alan Nymark, Commissioner of Canada Revenue Agency
Anne Joynt, Acting President & CEO of Canada Post
Alex Himelfarb, Clerk of the Privy Council

Click to view copy of letter sent to John McCallum

August 26, 2004, after requesting donations from its supporters, the Citizens Centre raises enough money to run a large ad in the National Post, demanding that Ouellet either produce receipts for his expenses or pay the money back.  The National Post refuses to run the ad.

Click to view National Post ad - PDF format

August 27, 2004, the Citizens Centre fires of a blistering news release, denouncing the National Post for engaging in censorship, and encourages its supporters to email those responsible for this decision at the Post.

Click to view Citizens Centre News Release

September 1, 2004, the National Post backs down and runs the Citizens Centre ad.  On Thursday the campaign was reported in newspapers in Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon, Sherbrooke and Windsor. Link Byfield, Chairman of the Citizens Centre was on two radio talk shows in Vancouver, and one French-language station in Quebec, promoting the campaign.

Through all of this, minister McCallum has declined to comment, to the public or to the media.

Click to view Ottawa Citizen news clipping

October 5, 2004, after unsatisfactory response from Minister McCallum, the Citizens Centre launches a second email campaign, aimed at the leaders of the opposition parties.  Including copies, another 51,876 emails were sent, asking the opposition parties to hold the government to account on this issue.

Click to view copy of Minister McCallum's letter of response.

Click to view copy of letter sent to leaders of the opposition parties

October 7, 2004, the media reports that John McCallum has promised to see Andre Ouellet audited by Revenue Canada.

Click to view Calgary Herald news clipping.

October 19, 2004 - Not satisfied with a closed-door examination, the Citizens Centre runs another ad - this time in the Ottawa Citizen -- encouraging the opposition parties to hold the government to account on this issue through the Public Accounts Committee. 

Click to view the Ottawa Citizen ad

After receiving assurances from John Williams, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, that the Committee would be pursuing this issue, the Citizens Centre turns its focus to the much larger sponsorship scandal (see www.anticorruption.ca)