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Added term for embattled B.C. auditor could get committee nod today

January 18, 2013 - 4:58 AM

VERNON, B.C. - A decision on the future of B.C.'s auditor general could come today, as an all-party committee of the legislature considers whether to ask John Doyle to stay at his post for another two years.

Committee chairman, Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, says members discussed the matter on Wednesday, and it's on the agenda again today.

The committee announced earlier this month that Doyle, who has condemned past spending habits of the B.C. Liberal government, would not be reappointed to a second six year term.

In the face of Opposition criticism of that decision, Premier Christy Clark has announced proposed legislation to limit the auditor general's position to a single term, but increase the length of the appointment to eight years.

She said she hopes B.C.'s current financial watchdog would remain on the job for the final 24 months of the revised term.

Foster isn't commenting on the possible outcome of today's committee discussions, but says he likes the concept of a single, longer appointment, noting the current system is flawed and creates many problems. (CKIZ)

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