Aglukkaq says auditor general can open CanNor's books
Minister says she has not seen internal audit, which says the agency violated financial management rules
Leona Aglukkaq says she would welcome the auditor-general to look into CanNor's finances, but says that's a decision beyond her control.
The federal minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is coming under fire after CBC-Radio Canada obtained a leaked copy of an internal audit about the agency.
The comptroller general says the federal agency broke almost every rule of good financial management since its creation in 2009, including expenditure control, contract management and the use of credit cards.
Aglukkaq brushed questions aside about the audit, saying she has not yet seen it.
"Once I've seen the report, I will be able to review the report and determine what's been outlined as concerns … but at this point in time, I have not seen it, I'm waiting for the final copy to be released and once I have that I'll be able to address your questions," Aglukkaq said.
The federal agency manages about $75 million per year.
The leaked audit cites problems dating back to 2009 when the agency was created to spur development in the North.
Officials with the agency say the audit is an internal draft. They say they will make it public once it's finalized.
The minister was in Iqaluit Tuesday to announce more than $2 million in CanNor funding for tourism and cultural initiatives.
The money will go towards a major tourism conference, updating websites and training people to work in the hospitality and tourism industry.