Transparency starts at home


Re: MP welcomes bill’s second chance, Aug. 22.


Re: MP welcomes bill’s second chance, Aug. 22.

It appears that our Member of Parliament, Russ Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale), has again got the cart before the horse.

If you are attempting to legislate the unions into providing detailed financial information, would you not first ensure that your own backyard is clean and transparent?

You and your office spent nearly half a million dollars – $460,213.20, April 1 2011 to March 31, 2012 – of our taxpayers’ money on various items that are lumped into six general headings, with no details.

Instead of focusing your energy on Bill C-377, would you not serve Canadians better by introducing a government regulation that would require total quarterly disclosure of all items claimed by any MP?

True transparency should start at home and in the House of Commons.

Aart Looye, Surrey



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