Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kept in the Dark

The budget watchdog, Kevin Page won't be able to conduct his job properly because he doesn't have enough cold hard data from the government. Apparently, there is a lack of relevant information handed out to MPs and the auditors so that they can know what the government is doing. But, is research even being done? I don't think so. Statistics prove that the Tory "tough on crime" bills only make the situation worse. That means more money spent on housing prisoners in jail and criminals repeating offences when they get out. No wonder the Conservatives don't want anyone to know about this: it completely destroys their stance. Their own research showed that their crime bills don't work. Why should they let any other damning evidence get out into the open? Harper campaigned on government transparency. It's time for him to act.

Also this week, MPs on the Commons public accounts committee are grilling bureaucrats from Industry Canada and Transport about the lack of "relevant" information in their performance reports. All departments and agencies table yearly reports in Parliament. These documents take a lot of time and energy, but the reports are considered so useless that MPs don't even look at them.
Read more at the Ottawa Citizen.

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