Update: Latenight Tuesday....CBC is reporting that Speaker Barisoff is pulling the chute on full disclosure, including online reporting of MLA expense claims starting in the fall, retroactive to the spring...Nothing yet on gov.bc.ca....although we are supposed to take the fact that we are 'celebrating' a bronze medal by a weightlifter seriously....sheesh
What she has to say pretty much shreds the last remnants of Speaker William Barisoff's original claim about how it is all just a matter of arguments over accounting methods (recall that Finance Minister Falcon did the same thing with the Puffmaster Flash a few days earlier regarding the budget deficit).
There is much to read and sift through over at Laila's. Here is just one bit that I found fascinating because it demonstrates that not only have things not changed in the move from Mr. Campbell to Ms. Clark, but that, at least in term of spending out of the Premier's office, they have actually gotten worse.
...Take a look at the credit card spending for the fiscal year ending 2012….http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/ocg/pa/11_12/Purchasing_Card.pdf and indeed you will find, much more…
Much more indulgence,much more alcohol, gifts, jewellery, trips and events,favours, treats, dinners,tickets….. you name it, government is paying for it… and all on the taxpayers dime.
So, head on over to Laila's an read her entire post - you won't be sorry.
(although you may have to reach for your blood pressure medicine)