Announcement comes as John Doyle wrapping up his initial six-year term
Auditor General John Doyle has been asked to extend his existing six-year term.
B.C. auditor general John Doyle has now been invited to remain in his post for another two years, after a committee of MLAs offered to extend his existing six-year term which is set to expire later this year.
The five-member special legislative committee had initially sought to oust the province’s financial watchdog, and premier Christy Clark has said she will move to limit the auditor general’s office to a single eight-year term this spring.
The move sparked outcry among those who thought that Doyle, who is known for having come down hard on the ruling Liberal party during his tenure, deserved another stint in office.
Initially, John Doyle had been seeking a full six-year second term. It isn’t clear yet what his reaction will be to Wednesday’s announcement. The auditor general has not yet spoken publicly about it.
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Doyle has been strongly critical during his term of some of the BC Liberal government’s policies while being praised by a number of NDP members as “an effective watchdog.” Adrian Dix and the NDP have suggested Doyle receive a full six-year second term.
Clark has previously called the re-hiring of auditor general’s role flawed because the person has to seek another term from the MLAs, some of which may not be on the best of terms after finding themselves on the negative end of an auditor general’s report.
Prior to landing his role in B.C., John Doyle was a deputy auditor general within the auditor general’s officer in Western Australia.
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