Cornwall ON – While MPs of all parties continue to stonewall the public on the Auditor General’s request to audit Parliament, pressure continues to mount on them.
Most MPs still don’t get it. This is one issue the public can understand and no amount of spin from our MPs or their spokespersons will work. Canadians want to know that the money we entrust to MPs is spent wisely. That’s it pure and simple.
Most Conservative MPs stick to the talk points they were issued on this topic. That alone is interesting as there is certain validity for talk points on bills, party platform etc, where caucus solidarity is important. But this is not about government policy. This is about an MPs personal office budget and who audits it. Conservative MPs should see the centre issuing talk points as an intrusion into an area for which they alone are responsible.
Faced with the public backlash, Jack Layton has gone silent. Now, when has anyone known Jack to walk away from a microphone? He hasn’t even issued a release recently on this subject. The NDP is beginning to shift though as the following comments highlight:
Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus said “I think we need to work something out with the Auditor-General.”
Winnipeg NDP MP Pat Martin “It goes against everything I stand for, we’re getting the shit kicked out of us all.”
To his credit, Hill has shifted his position slightly: “There’s an open door. She can come back and discuss this with us.”
As for the Liberals, most of them have gone to ground, the exception being a couple of newer MPs, who have posted the details of their budgets online.
Ignatieff has shifted a bit too. In his latest version of spin on this subject he waffled and said: “What I support is Sheila Fraser, the Auditor General, coming to the Board of Internal Economy and talking about what she wants to do and then taking it from there.”
And the BLOC which is supposed to be the un-Canadian party remains the only one that has clearly said they have no problem with an audit and letting Canadians see the result. Strange world we live in, but then what can you expect when so many hysterical Canadians want proof that the money we entrust to MPs is accurately accounted for.
As Jay hill said: “We are held accountable. It’s called an election.”
Damn right, and voters won’t forget that either.