Hello, semi-annual Auditor General Day!

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Michael Ferguson looks almost as if he feels sorry for all the poor public servants whose departments he nailed to the wall for various failures and deficiencies. Canada’s auditor general has to do this twice each year, at least: hunt down poorly run government programs and make a big deal about it until someone starts listening. Ferguson, who publishes his critiques on video, offered this today as he tabled his spring report.

Auditor General Day in the House of Commons is as predictable as they come: the opposition pores over all of the AG’s reports—eight, this time ’round—and knows there’s something in each that some minister across the aisle will try to defend to some extent before, typically, they accept Ferguson’s recommendations and hope the opposition moves on to something shinier.

Today’s lucky ministers are Rona Ambrose in health, Steven Blaney in public safety, and Jason Kenney in national defence. In his video and statement to reporters, Ferguson dropped some hints about which problems required the most attention. He front-loaded the government’s record on antimicrobial resistance, where he says departments “have not fulfilled key responsibilities to mitigate the public health risks posed by the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in Canada.” Ambrose, come on down.

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Hello, semi-annual Auditor General Day!

  1. If Tom thinks Canadians are confused about Duffy’s residence, I am little confused about Tom’s residence, after all he does have duel citizenship, one in France and the other to Canada. I wonder where Tom’s loyalties are.

  2. Why would the liberals even want to seal a deal with a guy like this(TM) in a coalition with the kind of attacks coming out of his mouth and party everyday, I don’t see the libs attacking the same way, and how can NDP supporters say they want to be in a coalition with the liberals with these kind of attacks against liberals, no wonder they supported the cons to remove the liberals in 2005, they got the same MO as the cons.

  3. Cons, libs bad, we good, hmm, I wonder how long that’s going to stick. No wonder no watches this childishness.

  4. Man oh Man, there is a lot of botox kicking around in the HOCs. Everyone is starting to look like FREAKS.

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