According to this May 17, 2007 article, a lot of taxpayers’ money slated for childcare has gone missing. Nobody knows how it was spent. The provinces don’t have to file reports. But then again… What’s $2 billion dollars among fellow countrymen, right?
The government takes money from hardworking Canadian taxpayers to pay the cost of administering this country. We-more or less cheerfully-pay those taxes. However to spend those tax dollars, which belong to Canadians, without demanding proper accounting is not ethical. We would not accept it from a business and we certainly cannot accept it from our government.
In an article on May 15, Statscan advised us that 1/3 of Canadians are self identified as workaholics. Are we workaholics because we want to be, or because we have to work hard to pay the burden of inept handling of our tax dollars by our government officials?
Next year the Conservative government anticipates demanding accountability from the Provinces on how federal money is spent. Perhaps Mr. Harper didn’t watch the Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour when he was young. Bugs Bunny told Daffy Duck for years that next week Daffy could host the show. Daffy never did host the show! But… next week!
How would a CHP government be different?
Policy Section 4.5.5. ‘VALUE FOR MONEY’ EVALUATION
Comprehensive evaluation should involve continuous checks of spending controls, and ensure that departments and agencies provide full information to enable M.P.’s to make clear decisions on projects (e.g. cost estimates and whether results can be assessed). “Value for money” evaluation requires civil servants to measure the effectiveness of their programs rather than just having to prove the money was spent for the purpose intended.
That would be a good start! Combined with that, we will ensure that Canadian parents are enabled to provide the best care for their children. We will provide a stay-at-home parent with $1,000 per month to make the dream of raising their own children a reality! That money is trackable-and effectively spent!
That’s leadership! That’s what this country needs!