How can an Auditor General — who’s job it is to protect Canadian tax payers — do his job effectively if he does not speak French?
And how can this government — that initially stated bilingualism was a requirement for the job — change the rules on Canadians at the 11th hour just to get their way? Liberals agree: they cannot.
That’s why this morning, Liberal MPs boycotted the House of Commons vote on the appointment of Michael Ferguson, a unilingual anglophone, as Canada’s Auditor General.
If you, like us, feel that the government must find a new, qualified, bilingual candidate, and must follow due process in making that appointment, please stand with us by sharing a comment below. And stand by for further news about how to challenge the Harper government.
I also invite you to read the letter I sent Stephen Harper today.
- Bob Rae
Dear Prime Minister Harper:
When you advised me of the appointment of Mr. Michael Ferguson as Canada’s Auditor General, you asked for my opinion, as is required by legislation and parliamentary practice.
In your letter you did not indicate that the candidate did not meet the government’s own written requirement that the successful applicant must have command of both of Canada’s two official languages. The government broke its own criteria.
I am writing today to ask you formally to not hold a vote on Mr Ferguson’s candidacy later today, and to start a new process to find a qualified, bilingual candidate.
A process that states there are basic qualifications, and then ignores those qualifications, is a breach of the fundamental rules of natural justice.
It is impossible for us to accept the ritually re-stated comment that the “best candidate” was successful.
- The Honourable Bob Rae, P.C., O.C., M.P.