More on the subject of expenses: (Vancouver Sun)
Quoting in part:
Indeed the entire system whereby citizens send tax dollars to Ottawa, Victoria and Vancouver city hall is based on an assumption the money will be handled so as to benefit the sender and society overall.
Once that basic assumption is threatened, so is democracy.
Which is why it is so crucial that politicians take decisive action to start rebuilding confidence.
They must put the money where their mouths are — and introduce new accountability mechanisms that would demonstrate clearly exactly how public cash gets spent, with comprehensive online postings and follow up verification by auditors and budget officers.
Discretion and personal honour are fine concepts. But they are not working.
North Shore Outlook coverage of the Conference Debate: