MPs need to know more about spending bills

Funds approved without proper “oversight”, says outgoing Auditor General

Outgoing Auditor General Sheila Fraser said on Thursday that MPs don’t have enough “oversight” on the government spending decisions they vote on. She told Postmedia News on Thursday that MPs are too often in the dark when a spending bill goes to a vote in the House of Commons. She said the government should provide opposition MPs with better information about government spending, and that the opposition should dig deeper to understand what they are voting on. MPs often feel “intimidated” by the numbers contained in the bills that go before the House, she said. Fraser will finish her 10-year tenure as Auditor General on Monday.

Ottawa Citizen

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.