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B.C. local government auditor office under review amid reports of wasted time

NDP leader John Horgan.
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March 10, 2015 - 8:30 AM

VICTORIA - A leaked report says a government office created to ensure B.C.'s local governments use tax dollars wisely is suffering from a lack of confidence in the agency's leadership.

The Opposition New Democrats have released a leaked government report that outlines a recent work environment review at the office of the Auditor General for Local Government.

The review says a workplace survey found almost 80 per cent of office respondents had a negative view of executive management, with common frustrations listed as wasted time and work.

NDP Leader John Horgan says he has concerns about the efficiency of the local government office, including questions surrounding what value British Columbians have received for the $5.2 million it has cost to run the office for the past two years.

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes confirms human resources reviews have been underway at the local government office.

She refused to say when she became aware of the review even though the leaked report says it was underway in January.

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