Yesterday, British Columbia’s government refused to release a report from the Auditor General that examined Pacific Carbon Trust, a crown agency set up to pass funds from schools, hospitals and other public institutions to private companies that claim to reduce emissions.
Today, we understand why Liberals tried to prevent release of the A-G’s work. It is devastating and the Twitter world is alive with commentaries. A good starting point is @bobmackin.
The Pacific Carbon Trust had been circulating copies of the work in a campaign to discredit the report. Inevitably, the paperwork ended up in media hands. With the genie out of the bottle, Speaker Bill Barisoff, a person faulted strongly in the recent audit of Legislative finances, was forced to make the report public.
John Doyle’s office provides a video summary that is well worth spending 15 minutes to watch.
By the way, for his fine work, Scott MacDonald, the Pacific Carbon Trust CEO, enjoyed a 14% raise in 2012. His salary in the last fiscal year was $195,168, which was $24,000 more than in 2011.