Senator Bob Runciman - Ontario - Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
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RUNCIMAN TO POST EXPENSES ONLINE

OTTAWA, Sept. 4, 2013 – Senator Bob Runciman announced today he will soon start posting his expenses on his website.

“The Senate, as an unelected body, should set the gold standard for public access to spending practices,” Runciman said. “I will post details of spending for travel, hospitality, expenses while in Ottawa for Senate sittings, and other details of my office and research budget.”

Runciman said he will follow the lead of Senator Doug Black, of Alberta, who earlier this year became the first member of the Senate to post detailed expenses on his website. Black made accountability a major plank in his 2012 election campaign for the Alberta Senate seat.

“I’ve always believed we have an obligation as Senators to be as transparent as possible, and recent news about Senate spending has only reinforced that belief,” Runciman said. “This is taxpayers’ money and they have a right to know how we’re spending it.”

Runciman noted that he was part of the Mike Harris cabinet that implemented the sunshine list in Ontario, requiring the annual disclosure of salaries above $100,000 in the province’s broader public sector.

“I think that’s the type of transparency that the public wants, and deserves,” he said.

Runciman said he hopes to have the reporting system up and running, with details posted at www.bobrunciman.com, before the Senate resumes sitting this fall.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Barry Raison, Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Bob Runciman, (613) 943-4020 or at barry.raison@sen.parl.gc.ca.

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