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05/06/2014 10:11 EDT | Updated 07/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Prison expansions can't keep pace, auditor general finds

Auditor General Michael Ferguson has found problems with the federal government’s plans to expand Canadian prisons, agreements to provide First Nations policing and money set aside to develop the North.

In his spring 2014 report tabled Tuesday in Parliament, Ferguson found Canada isn’t saving as much as expected from shutting down two prison facilities and is spending money to expand others that are in poor condition, requiring upgrades.

He also found:

- There’s little input from First Nations in the First Nations policing program.

- The $152-billion public-sector pension plan needs better risk assessment and planning. The Department of Finance says it does that assessment, but wouldn’t share it with the auditor general, citing cabinet confidence.

- The $52-million Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency isn’t properly monitoring the money it hands out and doesn’t collect enough information from recipients to know whether they’re complying with the terms of their agreements.

- Statistics Canada provides good national numbers, but has a harder time breaking out data for small geographic areas and population breakdowns.

- The process to find a moving company for civil servants is inefficient, with the government sending a request for proposals before drawing up its plan to find the service provider.

More to come

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