In 2004, Liberal MLA Blair Lekstrom chaired a bi-partisan legislative committee that recommended measures that would have dramatically improved government openness and accountability. Those measures - which included routine disclosure of internal, electronic records and a badly-needed fix to the province's freedom of information law - have been gathering dust since then. But, on Tuesday, Mr. Lekstrom seemed hesitant to commit to dusting them off now that he's been appointed vice-chair of a more powerful cabinet committee responsible for open government and engagement under the new Clark administration.
Asked about the matter by Public Eye, he took refuge in the fact many of his old legislative committee's lesser recommendations were acted on by the Campbell administration. "I'm pretty happy. I've watch a lot of committees over my study of politics do their work, make recommendations with none of them be acted on. So I'm pretty proud we've got a number acted on. Is there more work to do? Most definitely."
The above is a complete recording of the scrum in which he made that statement. During the same exchange, Mr. Lekstrom also addressed how he feels about his former colleague Bill Bennett not yet being back in caucus.