Statement from the Auditor General on the Planned Audit of the Senate of Canada

On 11 June 2013, I informed the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration of my Office’s decision to accept the Senate’s invitation to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Senate of Canada, including Senators’ expenses.

Since that time, in the course of planning this audit, I have met with various individuals involved in the audit process. As our Office has not yet finished planning the audit, some decisions remain to be finalized, but certainly, our intention is to look at all Senators’ expenses.

The audit team has been identified, and we expect the work will move ahead shortly.

It generally takes 18 months to complete a performance audit. When I appeared before the Senate Committee, I stated that we would conduct this audit in accordance with our established methodology for performance audits. However, as we understand that people may not want to wait up to 18 months to receive information, we hope to be able to provide some form of interim reporting.

I will not publicly discuss this audit of the Senate for any reason beyond presenting our findings. This is not because this audit is different from our other audits, but rather because it is just like all our other audits. Our Office does not discuss the scope of its audits nor the work undertaken as long as these audits are ongoing.

As this will be my only public statement on the audit of the Senate until a report is presented, I will not be giving any interviews on the subject.