Liberals raise bar on openness and transparency by proactively making expenses public

OTTAWA– Liberals, at work in Ottawa despite prorogation, are continuing to take concrete steps

  • Oct. 2, 2013 4:00 p.m.

OTTAWA– Liberals, at work in Ottawa despite prorogation, are continuing to take concrete steps to increase openness and transparency in Parliament by publicly disclosing their expenses online, said Liberal House Leader, Dominic LeBlanc, and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, James Cowan, in a press release Sept. 19.

“Liberals are leading the way with immediate, meaningful changes that bring greater openness and transparency to Parliament,” said Mr. LeBlanc. “Despite being blocked by the NDP in the House of Commons, we are moving ahead with our plan to make our travel and hospitality expenses available publicly and online.”

This month’s expenses will be made public later this fall, with quarterly updates to follow. Proactive disclosure is a key element of Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau’s Open Parliament Plan, which would require all Members of Parliament and Senators to disclose their expenses, mandate the Auditor General to conduct regular performance audits of both the House of Commons and Senate administrations, and make meetings of the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons public.

“Canadians expect and deserve accountability, and the Liberals are the only party taking the extra step to publicly disclose their expenses,” said Senator Cowan. “Openness and transparency is a fundamental priority for Liberals, and we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue this in Parliament.”

Just Posted

“To finish is to win” mantra of Barriere 50 mile endurance ride

‘No Bitch’in Barriere Ride-Just Ride’ came off for both horses and riders without a hitch

Back in Time

Historical Perspective

Cottonwood trees pose threat to motorists

Government has program to remove danger trees, but sometimes the responsibility is the landowner’s

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) closes doors of its Clearwater location

Clients now forced to travel to Kamloops or 100 Mile House for closest alternate location

U14 team fights its way to gold medal match

Clearwater kids play hearts out and bring home silver medal

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Most Read