HALIFAX — The Liberal majority on the Nova Scotia legislature’s public accounts committee is being accused of providing political cover for the government after it refused to call recently audited departments to testify.
Progressive Conservative Tim Houston is seeking to have officials questioned in June about issues raised in Tuesday’s report from Auditor General Michael Pickup.
Pickup had urged that they be brought before the committee “sooner rather than later.”
But Liberal committee member Gordon Wilson says officials from departments such as justice have agreed to move on Pickup’s recommendations and he doesn’t see the need to bring them in immediately, adding that he has “no questions.”
Houston says he does have questions, and says it’s clear the government doesn’t want to talk about the issues raised in Pickup’s report.
The Liberals had also blocked a Houston motion earlier this month to have officials from the Internal Services Department appear to discuss what the government maintains was a breach of the province’s freedom of information web portal.
Houston says the Liberals are operating on flawed logic when they cite an ongoing audit for not calling Internal Services officials and then reject an opportunity to discuss a just completed audit with other departments.
The Canadian Press