alberta auditor general report 2007

alberta’s sheila fraser moment.

Alberta’s Auditor General Fred Dunn released his annual report today, and it is scathing…

Royalty Tracking System gets a failing grade
High living expenses, staff bonuses criticized
Provincial Government Credit Cards Misused
Tory gifts questioned by auditor
Alta giving up billions in oil cash to inaction, incompetence: auditor general
Alberta government hid royalty-hike advice
Minister’s aide used gov’t credit card for $30,000 personal expenses: audit
Poor Planning has caused $6.1 Billion provincial maintenance backlog
‘Leadership’ was needed

While noting that he recieved the ‘run around‘ from officials within Ed Stelmach‘s Tory Government while conducting the audit, here are some quotes from Fred Dunn:

On the Department of Energy:

The principals of transparency and accountability, I believe, were not followed. I’m not impressed.”

“The department should demonstrate its stewardship of Alberta’s royalty regime and provide analysis to support that stewardship and this was not done.”

“The department’s monitoring and technical review findings were communicated to decision-makers. The question is: Did they hear or were they listening? At the end of the day, I don’t know, but they chose not to act.

Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft responded to the Auditor General’s report:

“The Auditor General’s report shows a government that is deliberately misleading Albertans and that has been deceitful about its royalty collection. The people of Alberta should be furious with what the Auditor General uncovered today and should run this government out of office. I think it is time Ed Stelmach should do the courageous thing: bring this scandal ridden government to an end and call an election.”

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