Province asks for interim report on members’expenses within two-three weeks
He also called for a “comprehensive examination” of the entire funding system for members given that “a significant amount” is unreceiptable.
Finance Minister Graham Steele, who is a member of the internal economy board, said Thursday it could immediately consider making members submit receipts for all future expenses.
“Absolutely, it is something that could be considered right away,” said Steele.
Parker said requiring the mandatory submission of receipts was not on the agenda for the next meeting, though he wouldn’t rule it out.
“ That’s in the purview of the former Speaker Mr. Donahoe and I don’t want to pre-empt what he’s going to recommend,” said Parker. “He’s going to have an interim report ... that will be helpful to us as a board and to a government that’s preparing legislation.”
On Wednesday, Parker released a detailed accounting of all members’ expense claims between July 2006 and June 2009.
The documents showed that members used taxpayers’ dollars for a range of items and services including multiple camera and computer purchases, generators and extensive renovations to constituency offices.
Premier Darrell Dexter said Thursday he saw no need to call an inquiry despite the revelations of questionable spending.
Dexter said the purpose of an inquiry would be to provide the government with recommendations, something the auditor general had already done following a “thorough review.”