Central Planning Authority board chairman Al Thompson told public accounts Committee members the board is willing to shed the shroud of secrecy and open its meetings to the public.
PAC members Ezzard Miller, Winston Connolly, and Roy McTaggart grilled Mr. Thompson on the board’s practices Wednesday morning, including its closed door meetings, handling of potential conflicts of interest, and ignoring recommendations from the auditor general’s office.
The AG’s 2013 review of government entities singled out the CPA board for operating far outside the best practices for good governance, saying that reality opens the door to perceptions that the board is not operating effectively.
Mr. Thompson said the board is willing to open its doors to the public.
“If the recommendation comes from the ministry or the government, to say, we want your meetings to go public? Fine. I’ve always been supportive of public meetings, but I didn’t think we had the authority to do so. But if you want the meetings televised for the public, we’re all for it,” said Mr. Thompson in response to PAC questioning.
Mr. Thompson defended the board and its integrity, saying a recommended register of interests is not needed as board members already excuse themselves voluntarily from decisions where a conflict may exist.