As of 7:AM this morning, I had not received an acknowledgement of the request from either the Liberal Leader or his Director of Communication.*
For the record, here is the request:
Peter Whittle 12:02 PM (21 hours ago)
to DwightBall, petermiles, whittlep
Leader of the Official Opposition
5th Floor, East Bloc
P.O. Box 8700
Dear Mr. Ball:
In the aftermath of the debate on Bill 29, I am attempting a review of the level of transparency and accountability of public bodies that use public tax dollars for political purposes.
Does the office of the official opposition publish or disclose the expenditure of public dollars for short-term contracts and professional services. As a former Chief of Staff in the Opposition Office, I am aware that from time to time, salary blocks are used to hire temporary and short-term staff. The money used, normally comes out of the salary estimates provided to the Official Opposition to carry out it's roles and responsibilities.
Considering your eloquent defense of the public's right to know about decisions made by the government, I am sure that you will not hesitate to accede to my request.
I am requesting a list of short-term contracts and professional services issued by the Official Opposition Office, the duration of the services, the purpose of the contracts, screening and hiring criteria and associated costs for the past three years (2009, 2010, 2011).
I would like to thank you for your anticipated co-operation, and your commitment to transparency and democracy in our great province.
I can be reached at 576-2330, 697-1998 or by e-mail.
Ball, Dwight DwightBall@gov.nl.ca
Nice to hear from you, thank you for your comments regarding Bill 29, I have forwarded your email to the designated staff member and they will be in touch with you in due course.