Friday, June 01, 2007

Alberta: Ministerial expenses now on-line

As promised earlier this year, Alberta Minister office expenses are now on-line. You can find the information here.

While it is tempting to criticize the government for putting up only vague information, and for falling very short of the federal expense website... I'll refrain.

Bottom line: this is a very good step in the right direction. It's a move forward for transparency, and it should be applauded.

And now that it's up there, we can work on making it better.

Additionally, starting today we'll have a look at the office expenses each month and offer a gold star for the Minister's office with the lowest expenses, and a frowning clown for the highest.

(don't ask why I picked those, it was all about google image search...)

April 2007

This month's Gold Star goes to Treasury Board Minister, Lloyd Snelgrove for having the lowest expenses in April of $318.37.

This month's frowning clown goes to Finance Minister, Dr. Lyle Oberg for having a monthly expense of $6,356.78.

NOTE: Now to be fair, I have no idea if either of these are outliers or if Oberg's office decided to order two years worth of paper in one month, or if not all ministers are using the same criteria, thereby explaining the large or small expenses. But until they provide better breakdowns, we're going to worry about it.

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