01/05/2013 06:53 EST | Updated 03/07/2013 05:12 EST

Prince George politician seeks $1M spending details

Prince George, B.C., city councillor Brian Skakun says doing business with the city shouldn't be a secret and he is pushing for greater access to information about how and why the city pays private companies.

Skakun said he went to the city’s administration with questions about payments to several businesses in 2011 totalling just under $1 million that were made to engineering and consulting firms and some numbered companies.

“What I wanted was some clarification, some simple clarification on why they spent the money with these different businesses. I mean, we're spending tax dollars, we're using people's money that really isn't ours."

But Skakun said bureaucrats told him his request requires too much work and he would have to get consensus from his fellow councillors to have the information released.

"I don't think it's fair that I have to go through the whole notice-of-motion process, try to convince all of council to direct administration to respond to me, when I've been elected by the people of this community to represent them on a number of fronts," he said.

Skakun will bring a motion to council on Monday, calling for a more streamlined process for releasing information.