Earlier, we reported three New Democrats on the public accounts committee voted against using a Liberal-connected headhunting firm to assist in the hiring of the province's new auditor general. But, according to Hansard, Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA Maurine Karagianis was counted among those committee members favouring the involvement of Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell Inc. When asked why she split ranks, Ms. Karagianis explained, "It was my first day on the public accounts committee. And I had no background whatsoever on what the issue was. So I declined to vote at all. Unfortunately, in our parliamentary process, you can't really decline to vote." So, having familiarized yourself with the issue, would you vote against using Ray & Berndtson/Tanton Mitchell? "Certainly, I understood afterwards - in speaking to my colleagues - what the critical vote had been there....But, again, not having been part of that process (previously), it would be inappropriate for me to vote one way or another."
March 8, 2006