Bureaucratic wrangling over what to do with a shotgun racked up an impressive bill in Ottawa.
In 2019, the federal government had launched an audit of the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Canadian Heritage Information Network, a pair of “special operating agencies” within the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The little-known organizations mainly deal with inter-museum business work, such as conservation science and best practices. During the audit, however, bureaucrats came across a Remington Model 870 Wingmaster shotgun at their Ottawa offices, stored unloaded and locked in a vault with limited access.
It was determined a former official in the conservation institute had used the firearm for protection when traveling in the northern parts of the country.
Neither agency wanted to keep the firearm, but instead of disposing of the gun, federal bureaucrats decided to launch a “micro-audit” of what to do with it.
Prior to the micro-audit getting off the ground, management in the agencies decided to get rid of the shotgun and reported it to the Ottawa police, who removed it in late September of 2019.
The final bill for the pointless bureaucratic bun fight? $1,024, which included $230 for translating the final report into French.