September 14, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)



The Auditor General some time ago-I think last session-for the first time suggested some amendments to the Audit Act, which did not commend themselves in detail to the judgment of the government and the House. The matter has not been very much considered of late. As to this particular Bill, I may say to my hon. friend that it has not been submitted to the Auditor General ; but the subjects dealt with in it have been frequently discussed between the Auditor General and myself, and he is aware of the view of the government with respect to them. He has not seen a copy of the Bill; but he is aware that his conception of the duties of an auditor goes beyond what we think is the letter and certainly the spirit of the Audit Act ; and inasmuch as the Auditor feels that he is obliged by the terms of the Act to take a certain responsibility, we have thought it best to-relieve him of that responsibility- not the responsibility of audit or examination, but the responsibility of refusing a credit for the department in such a case as that which occurred recently. I only cite that as an illustration, as it happens to be one with which the House is familiar.

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