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Auditor general says ‘too early’ to tell if request for audit on COVID-19 special warrants demands funding boost

By Beatrice Paez      

'Given the scope and scale of this crisis, it’s incumbent on the government to provide them with supplementary budgeting to adequately provide the support they’re looking for,' says NDP MP Matthew Green.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, pictured on March 18, 2020 addressing reporters on COVID-19, sponsored the bill that allows the government to issue special warrants. His office says the auditor general's office has seen a 16 per cent boost to its funding since 2016. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With Parliament suspended until at least mid-April, oversight on one of the government’s new spending powers granted during the COVID-19 pandemic will fall squarely on the auditor general, whose office is facing resource constraints, to assess the feds’ use of its temporary authority. 

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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