Cornwall ON – Ignatieff shifts like sand blowing in the wind when it comes to the Auditor General auditing MPs books.
While publicly stating that the Board of Internal economy should meet with Sheila Fraser to resolve the audit issue, we learn that internally, Iggy is asking his MPs not to be transparent and to refrain from posting their accounts and spending online. (Globe and Mail, May 27, 2010)
One position for the media and public, and a different one for his own MPs
Could Iggy be practicing a “culture of deceit?”
Canadians hear him say the government must be open, transparent and accountable. Liberal MPs are told; don’t post your numbers on your web site.
Why shouldn’t they? If they choose to be open and accountable, what is wrong with that? He should be congratulating them.
Why the double speak? It’s a simple issue. Either you are in favour or against letting the Auditor General look at MPs books. Admittedly Fraser only wants to do a few samples and not audit all MPs just yet. But what Iggy and quite a few others must fear is that should she find a problem, she may come back and ask for a full audit.
We know Iggy doesn’t think restaurant receipts need to be looked at, the question is why? I do remember a Liberal minister who got into quite a bit of hot water for a very expensive $207 pizza dinner for three people. Is Iggy trying to hide something that he doesn’t want Canadians to see?
Let’s look at Iggy’s position on the audit:
1. A bad idea: “I understand what Canadians are saying. They want accountability and transparency, but I don’t think they want us to be going through our receipts for this meal and that meal” (May 19, 2010)
2. A good idea: “What I mean is, it’s important Canadians know the money we spent is honestly accounted for, and that’s the kind of solution that we need to look for.” (May 19, 2010)
3. A bad idea: “There is accountability that is in itself a waste of public money. Do you understand what I am saying?”
4. A good idea:” is “entirely in favour” of Fraser making sure the financial controls are “good and right and serving Canadians.” (May 26, 2010)
5. A bad idea: Iggy asks Liberal MPs not to post their expenses online. (May 26, 2010)
Canadians want to know where the Liberal leader stands. Unfortunately what you learn depends on the time of day and who he is speaking too.