Breaking news: Announcement imminent for creation of Municipal Auditor General.
So, I have on good authority, that on /or around 9: 30 am tomorrow, Christie Clark will be making an announcement at SFU, heralding the creation of a Municipal Auditor General.
I would hope, for all our sakes, the position actually comes with some feasible authority as well as legislation with teeth – or the move will be simply window dressing. For all the wonderful, exposing work provincial Auditor General John Doyle has done, he still has no real ability to make the government do anything different from what they have done all along. His stunning truths and financial revelations are most often ignored by those projects and organizations that have been the subject of his examination, and little has changed despite his ongoing and stellar work.
I might also note that the vast majority of his work in which he has found discrepancies, have also been ” independently audited”. ( One wonders how truly independent the audits are, when paid for by the entity being independently audited…)
Stay tuned in the morning for the press to report.
( **update: In late October I requested a copy of the unconsolidated financial reports to Surrey City Development Corporation, because the City of Surrey had consolidated the financials for that entity with their own year end. It took two days for them to give the reports to me, and then they were found to be very vague, not detailing the directors compensation by director, to whom consulting fees were charged, what or to whom the over $600,00 0 in salaries were being paid to, nor the specifics of the land transfers or acquisitions or any transactions of substance.
At that point, I asked Heather Marshall of SCDC for a further breakdown. She denied access and I was told to file a FOI with the city of Surrey. I did so, requesting a full accounting of the expenditures, acquisitions and land transfers between the city of Surrey and Surrey City Development Corporation. That response has been acknowledged and the information should be ready on or before December 20th, this year – unless of course, they use the same tricks as the BC government in delaying FOI requests forever! )