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6 October 2016

For immediate release

Bevan-Baker disturbed by e-gaming report, looking for systemic change

Green Party of PEI Leader Peter Bevan-Baker is deeply disturbed by many of the findings in the Auditor General’s report on the e-gaming initiative, and will be looking for strong measures to prevent future abuses.

“Despite not having access to all the information, the report shows clearly that there was a premeditated, concerted effort to move this project forward in a way that would keep it from public scrutiny,” said Bevan-Baker. “It shows an administration that made extraordinary efforts to hide how they spent tax dollars. I find that alarming.”

The report makes important recommendations for improving governance in the Province. “While it is absolutely important that people be held accountable for what happened, we also need to focus on putting in place measures to make sure these sorts of abuses cannot happen in the future, and that there are serious consequences if they do.”

Bevan-Baker is looking forward to further discussions on this file and will be focusing on implementing better policies to improve governance practices. “Part of our job as elected members is to hold Government to account, but it is also to change policy and legislation to correct problems with how our government functions,” said Bevan-Baker. “I want to make sure we don’t forget about fixing the root problems in our rush to assign blame. We will have more to say on this issue in the following weeks.”

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Media contact:
Peter Bevan-Baker
902-368-4339 (office), 902-388-8171 (cell)
psbevanbaker@assembly.pe.ca

 

One Comment

  1. W.Wilkins 6 October 2016 at 9:03 pm

    It’s fine to argue for what ought to be, but I’d like to first know what is.

    For example, does PEI have an AUDITOR GENERAL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT similar to other provinces? If it exists, it’s not an easy find, but it would explain the responsibilities and constraints of the Auditor General’s office. The office can only do what the Act and the fiscal capacity created by government policy will allow.

    For example, British Columbia’s act states that, “In carrying out the powers and duties under this Act, the auditor general must not call into question the merits of policy decisions or objectives of a local government.”

    On top of the Auditor General’s claim that there’s a lack of capacity for the office to function properly, if PEI’s Act has similar limitations as BC’s Act, it may help to explain why so many questions were not asked or answered. From where I sit, the Auditor General may have already went out on a limb by publicly stating her office, by existing policy, is underfunded. That alone took guts.

    The auditor General can only do so much, it is up to the people to demand that our oversight mechanisms are adequately funded. In this I agree with Vision PEI and other social media outlets – lest we wish the next generation to inherit this systemic corruption, it’s time Islanders to be angry and turn that anger into action.

     

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