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New BC Auditor General report finds public private partnerships double the cost of borrowing

October 30th, 2014 · · No Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

British Columbia’s new Auditor General, Carol Bellringer, published her annual report on government’s 2013-14 summary financial statements today and it contains some pretty interesting highlights. First of all, and for the first time, the AG has published a comparison of how much it costs the government to undertake projects on its own compared to using […]

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Quebec’s Auditor General slams highway public private partnership

June 12th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Privatization, P3s & public services

Yesterday Quebec’s Auditor General came out with a report slamming public private partnerships in that province.  The special audit was conducted at the request of the Conseil du trésor.  It looked at the agreement for the seven service areas on Québec’s highways. The following is a summary of the findings. The analysis conducted to demonstrate […]

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How Doctors are Paid in BC

February 22nd, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Uncategorized

  [A version of this piece was posted on the Tyee] Health care is the biggest, most expensive and most important thing that government does. Hospital care swallows up a large proportion of the health care budget, but primary care in the community takes care of most patient needs and keeps people out of hospital. […]

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You always learn something when accountants feud

December 9th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Every year in BC people who follow government get an early Christmas present in late November,  For the better part of a week BC’s Auditor General sits down with the legislature’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to talk about the Auditor General’s reports. This year’s encounter was quieter than some in the past.  Former Auditor General […]

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The staggering future costs of the BC government’s contracts

July 27th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Energy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

As usual, there has been quite a hubbub surrounding this week’s release of British Columbia’s Public Accounts.  The provincial auditor says the provincial deficit is $520 million more than the government admits. And then there is the Auditor General’s review of finances at the legislature that found “substantial irregularities.” But all of the above is […]

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Tax haven based company buys more BC P3s: British Auditor General questions profits in such transactions

February 14th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Privatization, P3s & public services

Two of British Columbia’s public private partnership (P3) projects have changed hands again and once again the new owner resides in a European tax haven. In a separate but related development, last Friday Britain’s Auditor General released a report questioning very high level of profits for some British P3 projects partially generated by flipping the […]

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New Brunswick Auditor General latest to blast public private partnerships

January 15th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Privatization, P3s & public services

One more provincial Auditor General has come out swinging at public private partnerships (P3s).  Last week New Brunswick’s AG released a report on two P3 schools that had been announced by the NB government in 2008.  New Brunswick Auditor General Kim MacPherson joins public auditors in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia who have […]

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What’s behind the push for a municipal auditor general?

August 12th, 2011 · · 1 Comment · Taxes, Transparency & accountability

The call for the creation of an Auditor General for BC’s municipalities almost seems like a “no-brainer,” doesn’t it? Charlie Smith had a good article in the Georgia Straight outlining reasons why a municipal AG would be a good idea. Some people, in some municipalities have had problems with transparency.  And while the Province does […]

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British Columbia Auditor finds costly failings in Province’s first hospital P3

May 23rd, 2011 · · 3 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services, Transparency & accountability

A new report by British Columbia’s Auditor General has debunked nearly every benefit claimed so far for public private partnerships (P3s). The Auditor General’s report on a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA) project adds to earlier criticisms by his counterparts about failings in P3 hospital projects in Quebec and Ontario.  The BC report, released on […]

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Auditor has reservations about the government’s books

November 2nd, 2010 · · Comments Off · Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

For two years in a row BC’s Auditor General has placed reservations on his report that looks at the Province’s finances as set out in the Public Accounts.  This means that the AG disagrees with the way the province is keeping its books on three different issues.  He also presents other ideas on what the […]

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