Auditor General of Canada
|Auditor General of Canada|
|Office of the Auditor General of Canada|
|Appointer||Governor General of Canada on advice of the Prime Minister|
|Term length||10 years during pleasure of the Governor General; mandatory retirement at age 65|
|Salary||$334,500/year (Equal to that of a Puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada)|
The role of the Auditor General of Canada is to aid accountability by conducting independent audits of federal government operations. The Auditor General reports to the House of Commons, not to the government. These audits provide members of Parliament with objective information to help them examine the government's activities and hold it to account.
Auditors General are appointed by the Governor General in Council (cabinet) for 10 year terms during good behaviour. However, removal of an Auditor General requires the approval of both the House of Commons and Senate. Auditors General can only serve one term and cannot be reappointed to the position.
On November 4, 2011, the Prime Minister appointed Michael Ferguson, former Auditor General of the province of New Brunswick, as Auditor General of Canada, effective November 28, 2011.
The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, was created by Parliament in 1995 as an aide to the AGC, and has offices within the precinct of the AGC. The Commissioner is empowered under the 1995 amendments to the Auditor-General Act to receive " petitions on environmental and sustainable development matters and [to] require ministers to respond to them." The petition process requires the Ministry to respond in 120 days, although the process may be delayed by litigation.
The role of Auditor General was introduced in 1878.
In 1971 the Auditor General's Office hosted VII INCOSAI, the seventh triennial convention of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions.
List of Auditors General of Canada
|John Lorn McDougall||1878||1905|
|Edward Davenport Sutherland||1919||1923|
|Robert Watson Sellar||1940||1959|
|Andrew Maxwell Henderson||1960||1973|
|James J. Macdonell||1973||1980|
|Michael H. Rayner (acting)||1980||1981|
|Kenneth M. Dye||1981||1991|
|John Wiersema (interim)||2011||2011|
- Auditor General Act
- Financial Administration Act
- Parliament of Canada
- Auditor General of British Columbia
- "Organization Profile - Office of the Auditor General of Canada".
- "Supreme Court of Canada - Questions and Answers". Supreme Court of Canada. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
- "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition".
- Backgrounder on powers of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
- INTOSAI: 50 Years (1953-2003). Vienna: International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions. 2004. p. 51.
- Office of the Auditor General of Canada
- Auditor General Act of Canada
- Financial Administration Act of Canada