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Federal Auditor General Michael Ferguson dies of cancer, surrounded by family

Auditor General Michael Ferguson waits to testify before the House of Commons public accounts committee on his spring audit of the government's employment training services for Indigenous Peoples on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Michael Ferguson, Canada's auditor general for the past seven years, has died. His office says Ferguson died surrounded by his wife, Georgina, and sons, Malcolm and Geoffrey.
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February 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

OTTAWA - Michael Ferguson, Canada's auditor general for the past seven years, has died of cancer at the age of 60.

His office says Ferguson died Saturday surrounded by his wife, Georgina, and sons, Malcolm and Geoffrey.

A spokeswoman from the auditor general's office says Ferguson had been seeking treatment for cancer, but had not taken leave from his duties.

Ferguson was appointed auditor general by then prime minister Stephen Harper in November 2011.

Opposition parties initially refused to endorse him because he did not speak French, but he since managed to learn the language and gained widespread respect for his solid reports about government spending.

Prior to holding the federal post, Ferguson served a variety of roles in the New Brunswick government, including five years as the province's auditor general.

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