The End of History?

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."

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