Our view is that the responsibility for all these things must rest upon the government-even a bad government if we should have such. I do not know' of any other way whereby you can conduct public business and make the government responsible. The duty of the Auditor General is, in a certain degree, to act as a brake on the wheel, to check or delay by inquiry or examination, but he should not in the end obstruct the payment of any account. The government is responsible and answerable to parliament; but if the Auditor General's view is to prevail, then because of a difference between him and one of the departments regarding any particular account which is in dispute, hundreds of honest men may be kept out of their money for months.
September 14, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)
Topic: CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND AUDIT ACT AMENDMENT.