Tim Houston, the Progressive Conservative member of the Public Accounts Committee, says the McNeil Liberals should be at committee this morning, working like the rest of the province.
In the last few weeks, Houston has tried to fill open dates for the committee schedule. The Liberals who sit on Public Accounts have voted it down each time, preferring not to hear witnesses on important topics like government’s handling of personal information and deadbeat parents.
Houston says Stephen McNeil is withholding bureaucrats and not letting them appear before the committee because he doesn’t want Nova Scotians to hear discussion about the downfalls of his government.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be at Public Accounts right now. We had plenty of departments to cross-examine on behalf of Nova Scotians,” says Houston. “Stephen McNeil is doing everything in his power to hold back his departments to cover up his failures and has shut down transparency.”
Some of the departments included:
– Internal Services Department on the FOIPOP breach
– Justice Department on the Auditor General’s spring 2018 findings for Chapter Two: Correctional Facilities
– Justice Department on the Auditor General’s spring 2018 findings for Chapter Three: Maintenance Enforcement Program
– Communities Culture and Heritage Department on the Auditor General’s spring 2018 findings for Chapter One: Grant Programs
Liberals have decided not to reconvene at Public Accounts until September 12, 2018.