Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Les Leyne: Staying clean when you turf an auditor general

Ousting a special officer of the legislature from his post can turn into a dirty business. So it’s best to have clean hands when you start the job.

There are new questions about whether the B.C. Liberal caucus qualified on that score when it came to picking the MLAs who would decide auditor general John Doyle’s fate.

Liberal MLA Eric Foster, the chairman of the all-party committee that decided against re-appointing Doyle, was cited in a confidential management letter from the auditor general’s office last year over inadequate documentation for a $67,000 renovation of his constituency office. But he continued to sit on and chair the committee that decided Doyle should be denied a second term.

That looks, feels and smells wrong.

But Foster has a surprising response to that concern. He denied Tuesday ever seeing the letter, or knowing anything about the adverse comments about lack of spending documentation. More




Anonymous said...

Very poor judgement on Foster's part to move the constituency office to a property owned by his assistant's family , and then renovate at taxpayers' expense without supporting documentation. As if this isn't bad enough he then chairs a committee that turfs the very AG that fingered him! It is nice to see that some press, somewhere, is actually doing some investigative reporting. I would like to know specifically what renovations were done (if any) and if the lease cost is fair market value. After all, it is my money!

Anonymous said...

Gee, I sure could do wonderful renovations to my home for that large a sum of money. Seems excessive for a 'temporary' office.

Anonymous said...

Well at least there is one good thing, it is a Temporary office, lets hope so anyway.

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