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Auditor General’s Office doesn’t have enough money to do its job

By NDP MP David Christopherson      

All Canadians should be deeply concerned to learn that the Office of the Auditor General has publicly stated that a current lack of funding will result in significant cutbacks to performance audits and will prevent critical upgrades to its operations.

Former auditor general Michael Ferguson, pictured on May 29, 2018, at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, who died on Feb. 2, 2019, had requested in 2017 an annual increase in the OAG budget of $21-million to ensure that the OAG was able to continue to operate at full capacity. The OAG received $8.2-million annually and the funding shortfall has been hanging over the head of the OAG for a few years now. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canadians may have heard of Sheila Fraser, or the late Michael Ferguson, but most Canadians likely don’t know too much about the auditor general, that is until the AG tables a scandalous performance audit. The sponsorship scandal was discovered through an auditor general report; the F-35 procurement fiasco was discovered through an auditor general report; the details of the Phoenix debacle has been exposed twice by auditor general reports. And this is just a small sample of the dozens of performance audits that the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) conducts every year to determine how effectively and efficiently government services are being delivered and how well your tax dollars are spent.

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