I have to say I agree with my friend Tasha Kheiriddin. Mp's need to allow their expenses to be audited. It's public money. It's an expense account not their salary. I urge the Tories to agree to this.
If you were a shareholder in a company with an annual operating budget of half a billion dollars, and it refused to provide you with audited statements, would you say, oh, that’s ok, I’m sure its executives are spending responsibly? What if you were looking to invest your money – would you put it into a business where management basically winked and smiled and said “trust us, we’re not blowing the store on company jets and big parties”?
Answer: Not bloody likely. Well guess what – if you are a taxpayer to the government of Canada, that is exactly what you are being asked to do by your local Member of Parliament. This week the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy refused Auditor General Sheila Fraser’s request to conduct a management audit of the $500 million of taxpayers’ money that sustains the House of Commons every year. Their excuse?