Basso calls on Liberals to support auditor general

Basso calls on Liberals to support auditor general

0
SHARE

Boundary-Similkameen NDP candidate Marji Basso is urging Liberal MLA John Slater and the rest of the BC Liberals to support the re-appointment of BC’s auditor general.
 “Auditor General John Doyle has done a very good job as a watchdog for British Columbians, and now it looks like the Liberals are trying to get rid of him,” said Basso. “I’m concerned that Mr. Doyle’s history of holding the Liberals to account is the reason he is not being re-appointed.”
 Basso said government accountability is a top priority for people.
 “I have spoken to hundreds of people in the last year, and it’s clear that accountable government is a high priority for voters. It’s disappointing to see such an effective watchdog shown the door by the BC Liberals,” said Basso. “Decisions like this are why people are tired of the BC Liberals and want to see a change in the way their government operates.”
 Basso believes Liberal mismanagement makes a strong watchdog like Doyle more important than ever.
 “After the HST fiasco, the Liberals are mishandling the transition back to the PST and now they’re wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on a self-promoting ad campaign. They seem to be more focused on getting re-elected than actually governing,” she said. “That’s why we need a strong watchdog in Victoria.”
 Recently BC NDP leader Adrian Dix called on Premier Clark to instruct the Liberal members of the special legislative committee to reconsider their decision not to reappoint Doyle to a second, six-year term.
 “The auditor general has done an outstanding job by any measure and deserves to be re-appointed,” said Dix. “It simply makes no sense to deny re-appointment when the auditor general’s initial appointment was unanimous and he has done such an excellent job serving the public interest.”
 Doyle was appointed unanimously by the public accounts committee in 2007. Under legislation, the auditor general can indicate a desire to be re-appointed for a second term and a special legislative committee must consider that request within 60 days. For the auditor general to be re-appointed, the committee must provide unanimous consent, which was not given.
 “The Liberal government has shown a pattern of unwillingness to listen to their critics, of only talking to their friends and acting as if they will always be in power,” said Dix.
“This is a wrongheaded decision, but I will be the first to praise them if they reconsider it and support the re-appointment of the auditor general.”

LEAVE A REPLY