The Ottawa Citizen ran a story over the weekend called “The Lure of the Lodge” which talks about all the power brokers that converge on the Restigouche River to fish and do deals.
According to the article, at Larry’s Gulch Lodge Premier Bernard Lord and his ministers spend about a million dollars each season entertaining guests who may invest in the province or facilitate the investment of others.
A million bucks on fishing trips.
Don’t you think for that amount of money the government should be accountable? Don’t you think that the government should have to tell the public how many new ‘investments’ came out of that million dollar expense?
Goverment can be funny sometimes, eh? Civil servants have to get receipts for an eight buck lunch but politicians can spent a million bucks a year with no accountability on some vague notion of ‘entertaining guests who may invest….’.
Once again, don’t misread me. I’d spend five million bucks on Larry’s Gulch if it resulted in a 1,500 person auto plant in Tracadie. In fact, the Premier could camp out there all year and fish, eat, drink to his heart’s content if it resulted in these so-called power brokers investing in New Brunswick.
But if they are, I don’t see it and if they are the Premier and his guys/gals should report on it – in detail.
Otherwise, we should just scrap all notions of accountability.