OTTAWA– Liberal Treasury Board critic John McCallum made the following statement regarding his decision to move concurrence in the Standing Committee on Government Operations Report, Strengthening Parliamentary Scrutiny of Estimates and Supply:
“The Government Operations Committee met 18 times and worked together to make 16 strong bi-partisan recommendations to increase the transparency of how the government spends taxpayers’ money. President of the Treasury Board Tony Clement, however, quickly brushed off much of the committee’s work.
Ensuring that Parliamentarians and Canadians have a strong understanding of how out tax dollars are spent is a priority. Unfortunately, under the Harper Conservatives a shroud of secrecy has enveloped everything from yesterday’s Auditor General’s report outlining the Minister of Finance’s failure to provide long-term fiscal reporting to their refusal to give the Parliamentary Budget Officer the spending data to which he is legally entitled.
It seems the priority of this government is to allow its Ministers to secretly pilfer border infrastructure money to build gazebos in their own ridings, rather than providing Canadians with greater transparency on how their tax dollars are spent.”