BRITISH COLUMBIA

'Culture Of Entitlement' In Legislature, B.C. Auditor General Finds

03/13/2013 09:55 EDT | Updated 05/13/2013 05:12 EDT
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B.C.'s outgoing auditor general says the province's financial accounts are slowly being cleaned up, but there's still much work to be done.

John Doyle's latest report says an all-party legislative committee that oversees finances needs to work harder to ensure greater openness and accountability.

But the report also says there have been some improvements in record-keeping and accounting since his audit last July.

Last year, Doyle said the records were so disorganized, he couldn't determine if bills were being paid.

"There's a culture of entitlement and an inappropriate inattention to proper management process that has been in the legislative assembly for a considerable period of time," Doyle said on Wednesday

"They actually need to get into the real world and discharge their duties as per their own legislation."

Doyle's latest report points out what he calls unusual financial arrangements for retiring officers of the legislature.

It also highlights office renovations for Vernon-Monashee Liberal Eric Foster, who happens to be the chair of the committee that voted against rehiring Doyle for a second term as B.C. auditor.

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