AG’s Survey Says Residents Want Absent Trillium Audit

 

Now this is peculiar.

The city auditor general publishes the results of a poll of what areas residents feel should be independently audited.

Nathalie Gougeon discovers that Ottawans want an independent audit of stage 2 LRT. That exercise is No. 1 on the runway.

And yet in her 2024-25 work plan, there is an all-encompassing audit of light rail but what happened to the Trillium Line procurement?

Gougeon didn’t need to publish this survey so what is she telling the public by including it in her work plan.


It says the public wants an audit of Stage 2 but that procurement audit is not there. If the public wants it, why is it not in the work plan and why would Gougeon emphasize the results of that survey?

Something is wrong

Here is the survey from the work plan:

Appendix A – Public Survey Consultation Result

The OAG launched a public consultation survey in the summer of 2023 with the objective of seeking the public’s input into the areas that Ottawa residents and business owners believed could benefit from an independent audit. We received roughly 200 responses to the survey in addition to emails and calls placed to our Office. The top 10 areas for which respondents indicated a desire for an audit included:

1. Light-rail stage 2
2. Homelessness
3. OC Transpo Route Scheduling
4. Planning Services
5. Transportation Planning
6. Use of Consulting Contracts
7. By-law & Regulatory Services
8. Emergency Planning and Preparedness
9. Other (e.g., Lansdowne 2.0, Ottawa Police Services)
10.Community Safety & Well-being

Ken Gray

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3 Responses

  1. John Langstone says:

    Do you think there is any taste for an independent audit of procurement in the Mayor’s office when his chief of staff’s brother and husband were part of the procurement? Not to mention Alan Hubley on audit committee.

  2. The Voter says:

    Maybe she’s boxed in and has her hands tied regarding inclusion of the procurement audit and is trying to have the Audit Committee and/or Council put into a position where there is a public outcry about its non-inclusion in her work plan. Sometimes it’s possible to speak quite loudly without appearing to say a single thing.

  3. Ron Benn says:

    Just a continuation of Sutcliffe’s “let’s not look at previous decisions” policy. The only part of the message that is missing is “squirrel”.

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