Liberals struggle to live up to their own standards of 'openness and transparency'

  • National Newswatch

The first casualty of the era of open government may be … open government.Justin Trudeau has shrugged off two emerging political entanglements — the Parliamentary Budget Office's criticism of the federal budget and blowback over a $500-per-ticket fundraising event with the justice minister — as inconsequential because of the Liberal policy of “openness and transparency.”But there is a disconnect between the prime minister's words and an increasingly inconvenient truth.A glance at both issues makes obvious the government has been neither open nor transparent.First, the new PBO report: Jean-Denis Fréchette's office said Wednesday the Liberals have made it more difficult for parliamentarians to scrutinize the public finances.This is in part because the government has