This is the sort of news we should have been hearing non-stop from the Official Opposition while Gordon Campbell’s associates plundered the public treasury. Why did it take so long?
John Horgan is addressing ethical issues that seemed unimportant to BC Liberals and he is the first major politician to emphasize a series of connected policies. None of the BC Liberal candidates did this. The other NDP leadership candidates have supported the principles but not given this focus.
I applaud Horgan because integrity issues motivate my blogging efforts at Northern Insights. Horgan said his government will:
- End the direct political influence of big money by banning corporate and union donations to political parties,
- Restore the spirit and intent of FOI legislation so that FOI requests become the measure of last resort. Open government means that government should protect people’s privacy and routinely disclose information about its activities,
- Routinely disclose MLA legislative and constituency expense accounts and routinely release ministers’ and senior public officials’ appointment books, and
- Increase funding for Officers of the Legislature, including the Auditor General.
The NDP leadership candidate says:
The measure of government integrity has to mean more than the avoidance of criminal charges. A John Horgan government will lead by example and demonstrate to the public that it is always acting in the public interest, not in the interests of special friends and insiders.