Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie – Mackenzie, joined Conservative members in successfully calling for more resources for the Auditor General’s Office to audit the Liberal government’s unprecedented spending.
“The Liberal government has let the Auditor General’s Office atrophy while the Liberal’s spending continues to reach record levels,” Warkentin said. “The Auditor General is a cornerstone of our parliamentary democracy and must have the necessary funding to fulfill its important function on behalf of Canadians.”
Ten years ago, the Auditor General’s Office was conducting 27 performance audits a year. At its current funding levels, the Auditor General can only complete 14 performance audits a year.
Last night at the Finance Committee, a Conservative motion to properly fund the Auditor General passed unanimously. Conservative Members expect the Trudeau government provide the Auditor General’s Office with the necessary funding to audit the government’s unprecedented spending and to table an economic update before the end of the month.
“The Liberals are spending hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars. Canadians deserve to see where that money is going,” Warkentin said. “The size of government has doubled over the past ten years and massive Liberal spending programs lack basic accountability and transparency.”
“In a crisis, oversight is more important than ever.”