It’s AUDITOR WEEK in Canadian politics! This is the week when the independent federal and provincial auditors release damning reports that basically tell us that our governments are incompetent and that our taxpayer dollars are being wasted, as per usual.
So let’s begin with Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor…
Ms. Lysyk tells us that the “Saskatchewan Government’s financial budgeting and reporting practices are inconsistent with the rest of Canada and cause public confusion.” Well then. But here’s the best part: 9 out of the last 10 budgets tabled by our provincial government have been DEFICIT budgets, not the balanced budgets we’ve been led to believe:
Of course the NDP pounced on this bit of news and derided the Saskatchewan Party’s (SP) sleight of hand in taking money from the Crowns and rainy day fund in order to pronounce balanced budgets. But the fact is that the NDP did the exact same thing when it was in office. This is an ongoing problem, regardless of the party in power. The irritating response from the SP was that people “like two sets of books.” Really? I’d like to see some evidence of that.
As Ms. Lysyk says,
“The fact is that it shouldn’t be that hard for citizens to figure out what the bottom line is on the budget, what the bottom line is on the results and what the correct debt number is…It isn’t appropriate to have two sets of numbers that you can pick depending on what message you want to send.”
Let’s now turn to the federal Auditor General’s report…
Seems the Conservatives have misplaced/lost over $3 BILLION earmarked for anti-terror initiatives. They’re not sure where it is.
Then there’s $29 BILLION hidden in tax havens that Canada Revenue should be looking for.
Need I go on?
The most amazing thing about any of this, though, is that both of these governments are largely viewed as fiscally responsible. Remember those ‘Canada’s Economic Action Plan’ ads that are STILL airing? Apparently they’re working. And then there are those ‘Saskatchewan Advantage’ fliers that keep landing in our mailboxes. Yet where’s the advantage if you’re adding to your debt when you’ve got more money than you’ve ever had?
I find the economic messaging by both of these parties as more than a little disingenuous. But unfortunately that’s just politics these days.