I would like to express my views regarding the public debate concerning the Auditor General Sheila Fraser's invitation to audit the books of Parliamert and Members' expenses
I fully support transparency when it comes to members' expenses. Please be aware that there is a process all Members of Parliament (MPs) are required to undergo when listing their expenses. MPs must submit expense claims which are scrutinized by a financial officer who must abide to strict rules. Certain items that we may submit may not qualify therefore are not payable by the House of Commons. Claims are then audited by a supervisor and are reviewed by the Chief Officer of the House of Commons.
The Board of the Internal Economy (BOIE) tables an annual listing of each MP expenditures and in my view, this is an accountable and transparent process. This public site lists all my expenditures into specific categories such as staff, travel, office lease, telephone, office supplies, printing, constituency office furniture and improvement. The latest Member's Expenditures publication for the 2009-2010 fiscal year is available by clicking here.
In addition to that, KPMG is an independent auditing firm, compiles and audits each member's expenses each year.