Auditor General

Auditor General

The Auditor General of Canada is selected by the Prime Minister of Canada for a ten year term to conduct independent audits of government accounts. Each year, the Auditor General’s office audits selected government departments and agencies and provides a report to the House of Commons. This information is used by the public, the media and opposition parties to examine the government's activities and hold it to account.

Removal of an Auditor General requires the approval of both the House of Commons and Senate. Auditors General can only serve one term and cannot be reappointed to the position.

The current Auditor General of Canada is Sheila Fraser. She was appointed on May 31, 2001.

position: Double the budget of the Auditor Generals office.

Each year the Auditor General can only investigate a handful of government programs. As a result, situations like the HRDC boondoggle, firearms registry boondoggle, the sponsorship scandal can go unnoticed for years. Giving the AG expanded resources will ultimately save money by improving governance in the Government of Canada.

Position: Empower the AG to audit crown corporations.

As pointed out in the 2003 Auditor General’s Report, the inability of the AG’s office to investigate crown corporations was a significant barrier to uncovering the sponsorship scandal . Since crown corporations are subject to patronage appointments, by the government, they ought to be audited like any other government agency.

[+] Position: Green Party of Canada (2004)

sources and resources

government accountability