Hon. Pat Carney (President of the Treasury Board):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the Hon. Member for York East for the care and attention he is giving to the activities of the Auditor General. As Hon. Members know, the Auditor General reports directly to Parliament and is independent. He himself has raised questions about who watches the watchdog. I think the scrutiny the Hon. Member for York East has given to his activities indicates that this particular Hon. Member can really get his teeth into the issue.
In terms of the point he has raised today, I have asked my officials for an update on this issue. It was last dealt with by the Public Accounts Committee in May of 1986, and, as the Hon. Member says, the committee did indicate that there should be more frequent reporting. I will respond when that update is completed.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: AUDITOR GENERAL