14 February 2011

Kremlinology 31: The Auditor General’s examination of the offshore board mysteriously vanishes

The year:  2008.

The case:  Auditor General John Noseworthy suddenly took it in his head that the offshore regulatory board fell within his jurisdiction.

Boom.

Right out of the blue without any warning.

And it was odd too, because despite mounds of evidence that the board wasn’t subject to the provincial auditor general and that Noseworthy’s office didn’t think it had the legal right to audit the board (it has only recently been added to the list of entities subject to audit), Noseworthy threw a major-league tantrum. 

In the end, Noseworthy quietly started to review the board in 2009.

In early 2011 – three full years after the racket started – Noseworthy still hasn’t issued a report on the board nor has he indicated when - if ever -  it might appear.

How very odd.

2008?

2008.

Something about that year stands out.

What could it be?

Oh yes. 

That was the year of Danny Williams’ jihad against Stephen Harper if memory serves.

Hmmm.

Maybe it was just a coincidence.

Wonder where John’s report is?

- srbp -

3 comments:

Everett said...

John should indeed let the public know what happened with his review of the board.

John was also upset that the firm auditing the House of Assembly did not pick up the fraud that was going on. He threatened to have them investigated by their governing body, the Institute of CA's of NL. I wonder what happened with that. Maybe John was just blowing off steam, plus that was the time when he was holding press conferences all over the place, & basically saying that the politicians were crooks, even though they had not even been charged.

John is much more subdued now then he was back then. His 10 year term will soon be up, & he can then go quietly off, & collect his pension. Maybe he will even follow in his predecessor's footsteps.

Edward Hollett said...

John Noseworthy should have himself investigated by the licensing authority, if he intends to start hurling rockets at other accountants.

His reports on the spending scandal are really quite poor in many respects.

As for the audit of the offshore board, my understanding is that he didn't do very much review of anything and he found nothing to justify the innuendo of his efforts to get in through the front door in the first place.

That would be consistent with his approach in the spending scandal. Chief Justice Green did criticise him quite strongly, if memory serves.

If he runs as a Tory that would only reinforce the general impression of him that dogged his predecessor.

Shannon Reardon said...

"jihad"

Excellent word choice, Ed.