The NDP have introduced a double-standard in their bid to make Canada more transparent and accountable. When it comes to getting Liberals and Conservatives to shape up, Canadians can always count on the NDP to be at the front lines, but when it comes time for the NDP to join suit, they back out. Refusing to publish their MP expenses online has led to a very interesting question for New Democrats: Why? What do you have to hide? If the Liberals and Conservatives are bold enough to make websites to post their expenses on, why don't the NDP lead by actions and not by, clearly ungrounded, words?
+The Canadian Political Scene first reported the NDP's dismissal of Trudeau's transparency measures Tuesday and it was met with strong reaction. The NDP, who faced a lot of scrutiny for their sudden flip-flop, have responded and held consistent to their response. NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen, who accused the Liberals of playing a "political stunt" defended his stance on his Facebook page.
"Ok folks - let's clear up what happened yesterday and today. The Liberals asked for unanimous consent and didn't show us what they wanted until the very last minute. Today, Elizabeth May asked for the same thing but tried to work with us and we agreed with her. She doesn't sit on the BOIE so this is good. Liberals have a seat there but haven't said boo for more than a year while we worked on improving transparency. We're willing to work with all parties but let's actually work together to get things opened up."
Please, provide a list of Canadians who were surprised that Trudeau introduced these measures, especially when he introduced them to the public so candidly which Cullen claims was but a mere "stunt."
Many NDP supporters have dismissed the topic as partisan rhetoric but the real issue lies with the NDP's ability to act on its principles, rather than just preach them. Canadians counted on the NDP to lead by example, but have instead shown the mission to fix Ottawa was riddled from the start with petty politics and cynical motives.
NDP MP Ryan Cleary said in April 2012, “I work my butt off. Would I deserve a pension of $28,000 after six years? Probably not. It should be more than that.”
When Canadians wanted answers into Dean Del Mastro's involvement with the Robocall Scandal and irregular campaign expenses, it was the NDP chair of the committee looking into the matter that shut it down and then attacked the Liberals.
When Canadians watched in shock at the fact that the Chief Electoral Officer sent a letter to the Speaker to suspend two Conservative MPs from the House of Commons over issues with election expenses, it was the NDP who suggested they stay in the House of Commons and defended them.