Vernon-Monashee MLA won’t commit to revisiting auditor general’s future

Official opposition makes official request for legislative committee to meet

Eric Foster

Eric Foster

It’s not guaranteed that a controversial move to dismiss B.C.’s auditor general will be revisited.

The NDP has asked the committee that decided not to grant John Doyle a second term as financial watchdog to reconsider the matter.

“That’s a discussion that will be held at the committee level,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA and committee chairperson.

The committee consists of three Liberal members and two from the NDP. It’s been suggested that the government members voted against Doyle although the actual vote results are confidential.

“News that the committee did not reach unanimous agreement to retain Mr. Doyle has been met with swift, negative reaction,” said Shane Simpson, official opposition caucus chairperson, in his letter to Foster.

“Overwhelmingly, people point to Mr. Doyle’s thorough, objective analysis and constructive advice that is almost always broadly supported. The official opposition, independent MLAs, and constituents support retaining Mr. Doyle for a second term based on his exemplary performance over the past six years.”

Pressure for the committee to reconvene is also coming from Mark Olsen, Vernon-Monashee NDP candidate.

“It’s not too late for Mr. Foster and the Liberals to listen to British Columbians,” said Olsen.

“If he chose to, Mr. Foster could easily ask the committee to reconsider its unfortunate decision.”