NDP target MLA over auditor’s departure

Mark Olsen, the party’s Vernon-Monashee candidate, said it appears the Liberals silenced John Doyle for holding the government to account.

  • Feb. 8, 2013 3:00 p.m.

The NDP claim B.C.’s auditor general is leaving because of political interference.

Mark Olsen, the party’s Vernon-Monashee candidate, said it appears the Liberals silenced John Doyle for holding the government to account.

“I wish that Mr. Foster had listened to people in our community and stood up for the auditor general,” said Olsen.

Foster chairs the committee that oversees the auditor general.

The committee, which includes the Liberals and NDP, originally decided not to renew Doyle’s contract after six years on the job.

That led to significant controversy and ultimately, the committee asked Doyle to remain on for two more years. However, Doyle announced earlier this week that he is moving to Australia.

Beyond this, some opposition politicians claimed Foster may be in a conflict of interest chairing the committee because Doyle had raised concerns about expense documents related to renovating his Vernon office.

Foster has previously stated that he did not know about Doyle’s report into his office when he was appointed to the committee.

“Mr. Doyle deserved to have his six-year contract renewed quickly and without needless controversy. It’s clear the Liberals didn’t like the job he was doing,” said Olsen.

Foster would not comment directly to accusations that the Liberals were upset with Doyle.

“Mr. Olsen is entitled to his opinion. The proper process was followed,” he said.

“Mr. Doyle was offered two-and-a-half years and he opted to go to Australia. It’s a career choice.”