The People’s Alliance supports the position of the Auditor General on her remarks concerning the government’s accounting practices. Kim MacPherson, who is an independent legislative officer, has repeatedly rebuked the government over how it misleads the public on the annual deficit. Former finance minister Roger Melanson along with current finance minister Cathy Rogers has allowed what they call a “contingency fund” to be included with deficit projections. This contingency fund does not represent real money and has been created to inflate the government’s performance on being fiscally responsible.
People’s Alliance leader Kris Austin says this government must return to acceptable accounting practices and immediately stop the political games.
“The contingency fund is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow… it simply does not exist and is used to do nothing but manipulate taxpayers,” says Austin. “The People’s Alliance is calling on the Gallant government to stop playing politics with the people’s finances and start showing the real numbers by using accounting practices that are acknowledged by the Auditor General.”