The interim auditor general comments on the G8 Legacy Fund.
Speaking in a news conference later, he said it was “a troubling and serious matter.” Public servants weren’t involved in the process, which he said was “very unusual.” “There is no paper trail behind the selection of the 32 projects,” Wiersema said. “I personally in my career in auditing have not encountered a situation like that where there is absolutely no paper trail behind this. It is an unusual situation. I find it quite troubling.”
The report also criticized the way the G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund was established, noting the government sought parliament’s approval for the spending under a separate fund for investments in infrastructure to reduce border congestion. “In our view, by presenting the request for funding in the Supplementary Estimates in this way, the government was not being transparent about its purpose,” it said.