Description: I once had a boss who said one of the problems with a government he worked for was the weakness of its cost accounting systems. I was reminded of that once again this past week when I read about our federal government not disclosing the cost for reorganizing Elections Canada. The stated reasons for non-disclosure were Cabinet secrecy and “no costs so far”.
Date: October 8, 2014
Questions for Discussion:
1) What do you think of the government’s response to this request for costing information?
2) What type of cost information should be available to Canadians and their elected representatives?
3) Would improved costing information improve the value-for-money of public expenditures?