Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

November 28, 2006 15:45 ET

PSEPC: Auditor General Reports Serious Mismanagement of Taxpayers' Money by the Former Correctional Investigator Under Previous Governments

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today expressed serious concern with the irregular activities reported by the Auditor General at the Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI), from April 1, 1998 to March 31, 2004. He further indicated that he agrees with the Auditor General's recommendations in Chapter 11 to prevent such abuse of public funds from reoccurring.

"Canada's New Government has zero tolerance for mismanagement of taxpayers' dollars and takes these allegations very seriously," said Minister Day. "I have already communicated with the current Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers, to ensure that an appropriate response would be vigorously pursued and that he would do everything in his power to recover the public funds that were allegedly mismanaged and determine the appropriate measures for possible disciplinary actions," he added.

The current Correctional Investigator has secured the assistance of an experienced advisor, who is well versed in such matters. This advisor will, among other things, provide immediate actions that must be pursued to respond to the recommendations and observations of the Auditor General, including the processes that need to be followed in order to recover any improper payments and take any disciplinary actions required under the circumstances. The advisor will also review all of the Office's financial management practices and controls to ensure they fully comply with Treasury Board regulations and policies.

"We have referred this matter to the RCMP," said Minister Day. "I am also confident that the current Correctional Investigator will clean up the mismanagement mess and implement measures that demand accountability," he added.

Canada's New Government has also introduced the Federal Accountability Act this spring to raise the standard of ethics in government and bring accountability to Ottawa.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca