Transparency At All Levels – January 11, 2016

Transparency At All Levels

January 11, 2016

I believe all levels of government must be accountable to the people they represent. Respecting taxpayer’s money by making basic financial information publicly available should not be a debated issue, it is simply common sense.

When the Liberals campaigned, they promised transparency in government. Then why did the Liberals decide not to enforce Bills C-27 and C-377?

The First Nations Financial Transparency Bill (C-27) ensured that First Nations Government make their financial information publicly available. This gave community members access to basic financial information such as audited financial statements, and the salaries and expenses of chief and council.

The Union Financial Transparency Bill (C-377) was intended to provide rank-and-file union members and the general public with unions’ financial information. A forum research poll in July 2015 showed that 62% of Canadians supported this bill.

Both these Bills would have ushered a new era of accountability to Indigenous Canadians, union members and the public at large. Instead of repealing these laws through proper Parliamentary channels, as promised, the Liberal Government decided not to enforce them.

Basic financial information for many politicians at different levels of government, including Members of Parliament, is publicly available. I fully support and endorse transparency at all levels, as should the new Liberal government.

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