VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A decision by a BC Liberals’ committee to replace Auditor General John Doyle is getting support from at least one group. That’s despite backlash from critics, specifically the NDP.
Those against the move to replace John Doyle say he has done well in holding the government accountable and should stay in the role.
Jordan Bateman with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has nothing but praise for Doyle, but says auditors general should be cycled in and out every so often to ensure total independence. He adds what’s not wanted is an AG trying to renew his or her contract by easing up on government.
“Taxpayers need to have fiercely independent officers looking over the books and other aspects of government,” says Bateman. “By taking away any kind of possibility they could be reappointed, there would never be the temptation to ease up on government.”
“Doyle has been incredibly tough from the beginning.”
“I don’t think anyone would say he’s eased up on the Liberals at any point during this term but that could very much be the exception, not the rule,” he argues, adding the move is needed to set precedence.
Critics believe the BC Liberals have made the decision for political reasons.