Passing of Michael Ferguson, Canada’s Auditor General

Passing of Michael Ferguson, Canada’s Auditor General

Ottawa, 2 February 2019—It is with deep sadness that staff of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada was informed today that Auditor General Michael Ferguson has passed away.

Mr. Ferguson had been undergoing treatment for cancer since last November. Unfortunately, the treatment was unsuccessful. He passed away surrounded by his family in Ottawa.

Much appreciated by his staff and respected by parliamentarians and government officials alike, Mr. Ferguson will be remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him as a humble, compassionate and thoughtful man. He cared deeply about conducting audits that brought value to the public service, always for the greater good of Canadians.

Mr. Ferguson was appointed Auditor General of Canada on 28 November 2011. A dedicated public servant, he previously held a variety of roles in the Government of New Brunswick, including five years as Comptroller and five years as Auditor General of New Brunswick. In his last assignment at the provincial level, he served for one year as Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Board of Management, until his move to Ottawa to take on the role of federal Auditor General.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Mr. Ferguson’s wife and sons at this difficult time.

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