Clark right and wrong on auditor-general

(Victoria, 17 January 2013) – Premier Christy Clark is right when she called the process of reappointing auditor-general John Doyle “flawed” and wrong in trying to fix only the auditor-general’s term-of-office without considering the terms of other Legislature Officers as well, according to IntegrityBC.

“John Doyle should have been reappointed because he deserves to be reappointed,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis. “The Special Committee botched it, but that doesn’t mean the fix should be botched too.”

IntegrityBC agrees that a single, non-renewable term for the auditor-general is likely now the best approach in the circumstances, but that term should be for 10 years and not eight as proposed by the premier.

A single 10-year term should also be considered for other Legislature officers who face a hodge-podge of rules when it comes to terms-of-office and re-appointments, according to the various acts that govern their offices.

Currently, the auditor-general can be appointed to two six-year terms. The Police Complaint Commissioner has a five-year term and can be reappointed to an additional term, as can the Representative for Children and Youth.

The Chief Electoral Officer has what amounts to a single nine-year term (two elections plus one year).

The Information and Privacy Commissioner has a six-year term of office.

The Conflict of Interest Commissioner has a five-year term and can be reappointed for multiple terms. The Ombudsman has a six-year term and can also be reappointed for more than two terms.

“If the process is flawed when it comes to an auditor-general who could be more focused on re-appointment than holding the government to account, the same argument could be made in regards to the other officers as well,” said Travis.

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For more information:
Dermod Travis, Executive Director