Trudeau said Canadians expect "a certain level of transparency and accountability."
The costs can soar. Believe me, I know — my third child is heading off to university in the fall.
If MLAs don't like stories that question the ethics of their expenses, then perhaps it's time they finally do something about the problem.
When we think about holiday spending, often our thoughts turn to how much we will be spending on gifts for the kids, close
If you don't know where the money is going or how it is coming in, how will you change your spending habits for the better? This is the time to see where to cut next year to save for something that you really want.
Last week, the Legislative Assembly Management Committee, chaired by Barisoff and made up of both Liberal and NDP MLAs, agreed to post quarterly expense reports online -- but continue to withhold actual receipts, ensuring the public is kept in the dark on where public money is actually going. For two parties who are at each other's throats on nearly every issue facing this province, it is astounding that the Liberals and NDP continue to walk in lockstep when it comes to hiding these receipts.
With four kids, money rarely physically stays on my person for more than a minute. It comes directly from the ATM, barely touching down into my wallet, before it goes out to the waiting hands of a retail merchant. I think this is partly because of safety concerns, but also it's also somewhat due to our own gullibility in believing what they really "need."
Why aren't our MLAs comfortable releasing their expense reports? Why not follow the example set by Toronto City Hall where councillors publish every receipt online? Are B.C.'s MPs and MLAs hiding something from the taxpayer? MPs and senators and Ottawa have been violating their own documentation and contracting rules, is the same thing happening here in Victoria?