Chief among the auditor general nominee's priorities will be to work with government to secure an 'immediate' funding boost and to establish an independent funding mechanism that would address the office’s financial constraints.
Conservative MP Dean Allison, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, asked Karen Hogan, nominee for auditor general, whether she can provide an estimate of how much additional funding her office might need. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The federal government’s nominee for auditor general says the office is in the early stages of plotting the scope of its audits into the feds’ COVID-19 spending.
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Though many acknowledge Leslyn Lewis has demonstrated her political chops, her candidacy is still seen as a long shot in a race that some say will be driven by electability in the next general election.
'The core operating ideal within ... Ottawa is evidence-based policymaking and there are clearly other jurisdictions out there besides the U.S. that have done a better job in containing [the virus],' says Eric Miller.
Small Business Minister Mary Ng says the extent of her interactions with the organization was limited to that initial pitch, and did not extend to the since-cancelled contract for the student-grant program.