Liberal veil of secrecy continues at Public Accounts

February 06, 2019 at 11:38 am

Liberal members of the Public Accounts Committee used their majority today to limit the number of times Nova Scotians can question government spending.

“Today the Liberal government took the unprecedented step of hiding from Nova Scotians how taxpayer money is being spent,” PC MLA for the committee, Tim Halman said. “It is a continuation of a disturbing trend of secrecy the Liberals are imposing on government.”

Liberal backbenchers Hugh MacKay, Gordon Wilson, Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Ben Jessome, and Brendan Maguire already forced changes on the committee that make the once powerful committee little more than a toothless tiger. Today, they used procedural trickery to reduce the number of committee meetings from four per month to 12 per year.

“This is an outrageous act of arrogance from a secretive government that hates to be scrutinized, ” Halman said. “It makes me wonder what the Liberals are hiding.”