Politicians have promised British Columbians to reveal how they spend taxpayers’ money in full detail, but it could be September before the information is available.
An all-party legislative committee has approved a proposal to make expense details more transparent.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong, who already discloses all his expenses online, says the public has a right to this information.
“They want it because in Nova Scotia, there was fraud. I’m tired of answering the questions. When the receipts are posted, it will largely eliminate the issue and we can get on with doing what we’re paid to do.”
Concerns were raised in recent months over questionable expenses by MLAs, including House Speaker Linda Reid, who spent nearly $50,000 on a custom computer.