Premier Christy Clark has announced that the BC government will introduce legislation next month that will make the term of the Auditor General, an independent officer of the Legislature, a one-time, non-renewable appointment. The legislation will also propose to extend the term of the Auditor General from its current six year tenure to eight.
The proposed legislation, if passed, would align BC with the federal auditors’ system, as well as those in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, where the Auditor General is appointed to a single, non-renewable 10 year term.
Premier Clark said the all-party committee tasked with identifying the next auditor general should reconsider its recent decision to not re-appoint current Auditor General John Doyle, and offer him an extra two years, bringing his total time in office to eight years. The committee must make a decision by January 28, 2013.