As last month's B.C. Liberal convention wrapped up, Premier Christy Clark proclaimed that "the Liberals have a big vision." Well, I too have a big vision - it's a 52-inch "vision" in my living room that I watch daily in hopes of seeing some sort of transparency and accountability every time a Liberal contentious issue surfaces.
It was astonishing that convention delegates proposed two controversial resolutions. One was to create a law preventing public-sector unions from using union money for any political purpose. The second proposal called for new financial disclosure laws for public sector unions to bring their lobbying and NDP donations into public view. The Liberal goal, it seems, is to increase transparency and accountability within unions.
I contend that the Liberal party should first clean up its own backyard when it
comes to transparency and accountability before adopting laws of this type for other parties to follow.
All political parties promise during elections that they will put forward a transparent and accountable government if elected. All political parties fail miserably in keeping their promises.
Martin L. Battle
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