Auditor general left in limbo

B.C.’s auditor general will have to wait a few more days to learn if he has a job.

The legislative committee determining the fate of John Doyle met Friday but no decision was made.

“We will be meeting again Tuesday. The issue is ongoing,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA and committee chairperson.

The committee has been criticized for a recent decision not to renew Doyle’s contract after six years on the job.

The committee consists of three Liberals and two New Democrats and it’s been alleged one of the Liberals voted not to retain Doyle because he has been critical of the government. Reappointment must be unanimous among the committee.

Premier Christy Clark has suggested that Doyle be kept on for another two years and that legislation be changed so future auditor generals are appointed for eight years with no chance for renewal.

Because committee activities are considered confidential, Foster would not confirm if Clark’s plan was discussed Friday.

“There is a process we are following,” he said of the need for another meeting.

Foster has been criticized for chairing the committee determining Doyle’s fate when Doyle had expressed concerns about financial documents Foster filed about renovations to his constituency office.

Foster has stated he wasn’t aware of a letter Doyle wrote about his renovation expenses.


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