If you’re checking the reaction to the government’s decision to get rid of Auditor General John Doyle you’ll have noticed that a lot of Liberal stenographers are intimating – without knowledge – that the NDP ‘might’ want to get rid of him too.
Just a typical cynical play to confuse the issue and draw attention away from the BC Liberal hatchet men.
Now, the NDP went into this with clear support for Doyle’s reappointment and while there is a cone of silence over the actual decision making and committee votes I feel comfortable saying the two NDP members voted for Doyle’s reappointment.
But just to firm things up here’s what NDP committee deputy chair Kathy Corrigan had to say to BC Business magazine last summer on the subject of Doyle’s reappointment:
“I’m not going in there with any expectations, any expectations at all,” NDP MLA from Burnaby-Deer Lake Kathy Corrigan says of the selection committee, on which she sits as deputy chair. Corrigan also sits on the public accounts committee, where she’s seen Doyle at work. “But I would say he is fair, he is fearless in the work that he does and I think he’s extremely bright. I think we’ve been quite lucky to have him.”
And then independent MLA Vicki Huntington follows that up with her view of the government’s position:
“It will be interesting to see if they reappoint someone like Mr. Doyle,” says Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington. “The government should welcome an officer of the calibre of our auditor general, but government can sometimes not see beyond the end of its own nose.”
Who do you think is being honest? The government lap dogs who gunned Doyle or their critics?