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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2012CSCD0004-000107

Feb. 4, 2012

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

 

 

Search begins for Audit Council members

 

VICTORIA – The search is on for Audit Council members, bringing the Province one step closer to fulfilling Premier Christy Clark’s commitment to establish an Office of the Auditor General for Local Government.

 

The Board Resourcing and Development Office (BRDO) is posting the position on its website today, in anticipation of the passage of Bill 20 (Auditor General for Local Government Act) this spring. Consultations are also underway between the Province, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and other organizations regarding potential candidates, announced Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong.

 

The Province introduced Bill 20 in November 2011. Under the proposed legislation, the primary purpose of the AGLG would be to help local governments find efficiencies in spending and improve program effectiveness by providing neutral, non-binding advice.

 

The AGLG's role has been designed to maximize value for money by enabling the AGLG to undertake performance audits and provide information to assist local governments in choosing how best to respond to their communities' priorities. Like all auditors general, the AGLG would make recommendations for improvements, not impose solutions.

 

The AGLG would report through the Audit Council, comprised of at least five individuals with relevant professional expertise in accounting, auditing, local and regional governance, or provincial governance. Audit Council members would be appointed by the Province for terms of up to three years.

 

Once interviews for Audit Council positions and due diligence are complete, the BRDO will present a final list of potential candidates to the minister for consideration. Audit Council members would be appointed after the legislation is in force. 

 

 

Quotes:

 

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong –

 

“In anticipation of Bill 20 passing, we are taking the next crucial steps toward establishing the Office of the Auditor General for Local Government. We are anxious to get going with our first audits, and need to be prepared to take action as soon as the legislation is in place.”

 

Canadian Taxpayers Federation, B.C. director, Jordan Bateman –

 

“This is an important step toward bringing a much-needed addition to the accountability of how city halls spend our property taxes. If something is a concern at city hall, residents need to have someone available to look at the problem with fresh eyes.”

 

Canadian Federation of Independent Business, director of provincial affairs, B.C. and Yukon, Shachi Kurl –

 

“Having an independent, unbiased body to scrutinize municipal spending and conduct performance audits is a crucial step in providing accountability and assurance to municipal taxpayers, so they know their tax dollars are spent in the most responsible, effective way possible.”

 

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart –

 

“The Office of the Auditor General for Local Government holds the potential for giving local governments an additional tool in ensuring that we are serving our communities as efficiently as possible.”

 

“Local governments are the closest to our citizens, and provide some very essential day-to-day services. The auditor general's role can work co-operatively with local government to identify best practices in the provision of those services.”

 

 

Quick Facts:

 

·         The Audit Council’s principal responsibilities will be to:

o   Recommend to the minister a list of individuals qualified to be appointed as Auditor General for Local Government.

o   Recommend to the minister suspension or removal of the Auditor General for Local Government.

o   Provide comments on and recommend changes to the Annual Service Plan of the Auditor General for Local Government.

o   Provide comments on performance audit reports, the annual report and other reports of the Auditor General for Local Government.

o   Consider matters requested by the Auditor General for Local Government.

o   Disseminate information about recommendations made in reports of the Auditor General for Local Government.

·         Audit Council members would be remunerated in accordance with regulations made under the Auditor General for Local Government Act and any Treasury Board directives referred to in those regulations.


 

 

Learn More:

 

For more information on the job posting, go to: www.gov.bc.ca/brdo

 

 

Contact:

 

Jeff Rud

Communications Director

Community, Sport and Cultural Development

250 208-4028

 

 

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