Canada ends gov't sponsor program

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[Toronto] Canada's new Prime Minister Paul Martin has abruptly ended the government's sponsorship program for sports, culture and festivals, and will disband Communication Canada, which ran the program, by March 31. Mr. Martin's decision was spurred by a series of problems and scandals, now under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a government watchdog. Allegations include charges that certain ad agencies were paid for events that didn't happen or work that wasn't done. Ending the program will save the government more than $30 million.
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