Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Government credit card purchases show everything but fiscal discipline.

  Worth repeating!

I'm Laila Yuile, And This Is How I See It

Government ministers,certain employees,and subcontractors, are given purchase cards to make “authorized purchases”: purchases made on behalf of the province, for the benefit of the province.  These aren’t my words, but ones from their own policy.  The rules are quite clear- no personal purchases allowed – and recipients must sign an agreement stating they understand and agree to the terms and conditions of the policy manual. However, while finance minister Kevin Falcon claims fiscal discipline, the public accounts of purchase card spending by the government, shows anything but discipline. In fact, in the 726 pages of accounting for the various government offices and ministries, there are so many examples of what I would consider questionable purchases, that I have to ask, who actually checks to see if cardholders are adhering to the rules?

Total  purchase card spending for the year ended March 31st 2011 ? A whopping $47,353,802.86 * click to see full size image


Don Quixote Note: Interesting post from Blog Link above. Click on this link and you will get the full 726 page report. In search feature on this pdf.  file type in Vernon and look at some of the interesting things that were purchased in Vernon using a Government credit card. (243 page items)

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