The Trudeau Liberals are moving closer to being able to approve their $7 billion ‘slush fund,’ which would give them a pool of taxpayer dollars they could spend before the election without Parliamentary oversight or accountability.
After opposition MPs from both the Conservatives and NDP fought to block a vote on the ‘slush fund,’ which the Liberals will ram through with their majority, Liberal Speaker Geoff Regan ruled that the vote can go forward.
That ruling has been opposed by former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page. As reported by the Hill Times, Page expressed serious concerns about the Liberal government move – which puts the $7 billion into a ‘central fund’:
“Not all central funds are the same,” he said, noting the government proposes that this central fund asks Parliament to approve “new appropriations” in the latest budget. “This is a very bad precedent for Parliament.”
“Financial control and ministerial accountability are being undermined. This is a new low for our appropriation system,” he said.
“How can the Parliament hold the President of the Treasury Board [Scott Brison] responsible and accountable for all authorities requested in the latest budget?” he asked, for money allocated for Indigenous people, veterans, and more.”
With an election getting closer, this ‘slush fund’ is incredibly disturbing and very corrupt. Imagine what the government will do with that much money to through around – especially when any oversight or accountability for the money wouldn’t happen until long after the 2019 campaign.
It’s another example of the Trudeau government treating the institution of Parliament and the Canadian people with arrogant disdain and destroying accountability. If the government won’t even be accountable when they’re spending our money, what right do they have to take that money from us in the first place?
The Trudeau Liberals must pay the price for their corrupt and anti-democratic attitude.