The following is the lede of the good Mr. Palmer's latest in the VSun:
While Auditor-General Carol Bellringer and her staff are crafting a major audit of the Site C project, she cautions voters against expecting a report that could all by itself kill the dam before the next provincial election or afterwards.
“We’ve had a lot of people contacting us with concerns about Site C, with almost an expectation that we need to do an audit to stop Site C,” said Bellringer. “That’s a government decision as to whether or not they go forward with Site C, and we will not be going anywhere near that.”
The auditor-general admits to being “worried a little bit about the external expectation that our audit is somehow going to go into something that will do that. It’s not what we do,” she told me during an interview Thursday on Voice of B.C. on Shaw TV.
Bellringer drew my attention to a long-standing provision in the enabling legislation for her office, that the auditor-general’s reports “must not call into question the merits of program policies or objectives of the government.” Rather the independent financial watchdog is mandated to report on where policy objectives have not been met and-or where program funding has not been cost effective. The calling into question is left to the Opposition and other critics...
I wonder who those 'other critics' should be?