I think this is a good thing. It is more optics than anything. I don't begrudge MP's their salaries , expenses or pensions. I would raise their salaries. If we want the brightest and the best in parliament , we have to pay them. Many of these men and women could earn far more in the private sector. I do think that making their expenses public is a good idea.
The Conservative government plans to introduce a series of proposals to other parties next week to ensure greater transparency for MP and parliamentary expenses, CBC News has learned.
MPs from all four political parties have heard an earful from constituents over a secretive parliamentary board's recent decision to reject federal Auditor General Sheila Fraser's request to conduct a performance audit of $533 million in annual spending by the House of Commons and the Senate.
Government House Leader Jay Hill's proposals will include an invitation to Fraser to conduct such a performance audit, also known as a "value for money" audit, of all MPs' expenses.
They also include a call for a performance audit of parliamentary administration and parliamentary officials, as well as Senate officials and senators.
The details of the terms of reference, and frequency, of these audits would be determined by the Board of Internal Economy, the all-party Commons body that initially denied Fraser's request. The proposals will be taken to the board next week.
As well, the government proposal would state that all MPs' and leaders' offices should disclose expenses proactively. It calls for an agreement to be resolved without conflict or animosity between parties.