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A House of Commons committee is backing the federal auditor general's cautionary missive about the role of deputy ministers after he raised concerns about the tenure of the bureaucracy’s most senior staff and how that impacts accountability measures. In a unanimous report on its study of Michael Ferguson's message appended to his 2018 spring reports, the House Public Accounts Committee's recommendations are meant to underline the auditor general’s warnings about issues with the bureaucracy’s culture. “Sometimes we get too caught

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Deputy minister turnover a cause for concern, says House committee

By Emily Haws      

The tenure of deputy ministers was hotly debated this spring by auditor general Michael Ferguson and PCO Clerk Michael Wernick.

NDP MP David Christopherson, the House Public Accounts Committee's vice-chair, says he accepts and trusts the auditor general's professional opinions because that's how the system is supposed to work. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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