When former Clerk Craig James was enjoying an extravagant lifestyle with great assistance from the Legislature’s budget, until Speaker Darryl Plecas spoke out, the Auditor General of BC expressed no concern.
When the BC Government was handing out more than $10 billion in gas royalty reduction credits, including large amounts that failed to meet stated purposes, the Auditor General of BC expressed no concern.
When $3 billion of royalty reduction credits owed were not reported as liabilities of the province, the Auditor General of BC expressed no concern.
When BC Hydro was cranking out private power purchase agreements worth over $60 billion, during the long period flat demand, at inflation protected prices a multiple of market value, the Auditor General of BC expressed no concern.
When the BC Government and BC Hydro embarked on the Site C megaproject and justified that by demand growth when there had been none for a decade (now 16 years), the Auditor General of BC expressed no concern.
When Site C’s massive problems—apparent to anyone paying attention—were finally admitted by secretive politicians and public officials, the Auditor General of BC remains unconcerned, deeming the project unworthy of close examination until some time in the far off future when nothing can be done to repair the damage.
Sadly, the people of BC have been badly served by financial watchdogs who are paid to protect us. Perhaps the removal of Auditor General John Doyle some years ago was a blunt lesson. Of course, being dependent on government for year to year funding is also an effective leash. Make the politicians unhappy? They will remember when its time to establish the office budget.
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