British Columbia

Basia Ruta, B.C. local government auditor general, concerned over scrutiny of her office

B.C. Auditor General for local government Basia Ruta is concerned a review of her office by former deputy minister Chris Trumpy may be illegal.

Ruta says review by former deputy minister Chris Trumpy may be illegal

B.C. Auditor General for local government Basia Ruta says a review of her office by former deputy minister Chris Trumpy may be illegal. (B.C. Government)

B.C. Auditor General for local government Basia Ruta is concerned a review of her office by former deputy minister Chris Trumpy is undermining the independence of her bureau.

Ruta supports the review but said it may be illegal for Trumpy to conduct it.

"The audit council doesn't have the power to appoint someone to do a review," Ruta said.

The five-member audit council, appointed to review and monitor the local government auditor office, said Trumpy's review will address ongoing concerns about the delivery of performance audits by Ruta's office.

Ruta said B.C.'s auditor general is a better choice than Trumpy as the former deputy minister has political connections to the government.

Ruta's office has been under fire lately after a workplace review found employees had concerns about leadership and productivity.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said she is disappointed with the slow pace of municipal audits completed by the local government auditor, a branch of government after the 2013 B.C. election.

with files from Farrah Merali

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