17.72 Each step in the founding and development of Downsview Park was completed in accordance with the
relevant governing legislation - except for the payment of $2 million, as described in paragraph 17.69. However, the
individual steps together had the effect of leaving Parliament out of the decision-making process.
17.73 In our view, if the Government of Canada wishes to set up an urban park and invest more than $100 million
of public funds therein, it should have clear and explicit approval from Parliament to do so.