Sunday, July 31, 2011

Accountable to whom?

Good Day Readers:

After reading the following article we decided to quickly check the websites of our Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly and the Mayor of Winnipeg. Guess what? None contained any detailed financial information about their office expenses or if they did it was well-hidden.

Harvard trained Naheed Nenshi is the first Muslim mayor in North America.

Clare L. Pieuk
Mayor Nenshi posts expenses on website
Calgary Herald
July 5, 2011

Eight months after he was elected, Mayor Naheed Nenshi has finally fulfilled a campaign promise to post his office expenses on his website.

Between January. 1 and the end of May, the Mayor's office spent $563,511, leaving it under budget for the time period.

The vast majority in these expenses were for staff salaries and wages.

His office spent $13,625 on travel involving six trips, including airfare, hotels and food. Four of those trips involved Nenshi; some also include his chief of staff and expenses cover two aldermen.

"I believe in transparency," Nenshi said.

"I think people should be able to see this at an appropriate level of detail. It was just a matter of getting the level of detail right."


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