POLITICS

BC NDP want committee brought back to reconsider auditor decision

01/10/2013 05:35 EST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 EDT
VICTORIA - It appears the B.C. NDP won't be able to persuade the Liberal government to reconsider a decision not to extend the term of Auditor-General John Doyle.

Opposition caucus chair Shane Simpson had sent a formal request for a review to Vernon Liberal MLA Eric Foster, who chaired the Liberal-dominated committee that decided not to re-appoint Doyle.

Simpson said the decision has been met with a swift, negative reaction by people who believe Doyle's done a good job.

But Foster says it's not likely the committee will reconsider because there's no precedent for it unless some new information is brought forward.

Doyle has written several reports criticizing the government on spending issues, and has been spearheading a drive to uncover more information about a decision to pay three million dollars in legal bills for two former government aides who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the sale of BC Rail.

Foster has said he's legally bound not to explain why Doyle's term was not extended, noting only that the five-member committee is required by legislation to make a unanimous decision and the vote on Doyle was not unanimous.