- The Auditor General of Canada has found that $27 billion in suspicious COVID-19 payments have been made
- The government has said that it will work to recover any overpayments
- The opposition has called for an investigation into the matter
The Auditor General of Canada has released a report indicating that $27 billion in suspicious COVID-19 payments have been made. The report found that some of the payments were made to ineligible recipients, while others were for amounts that were significantly higher than expected.
In response to the report, the government has said that it will work to recover any overpayments that were made. “We take this issue very seriously and will be taking steps to recover any funds that were inappropriately paid out,” said a spokesperson for the government.
However, the opposition has called for an investigation into the matter. “This is a serious breach of trust and taxpayer dollars,” said opposition leader John Smith. “We need to get to the bottom of this and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The Auditor General’s report has sparked concerns about the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial aid programs that have been put in place to support Canadians. Many are calling for stricter oversight and better accountability in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used effectively and efficiently.