British Columbians may already been paging through the latest Harry Potter novel. But what could be one of the most anticipated books in the province's political world has yet to hit the shelves. In an interview, Auditor General Wayne Strieloff confirmed his office will release an update of an earlier report reviewing the estimated cost of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. The update will look at whether the provincial government, which will be paying out at least $1.248 billion to cover the cost of the Olympics, is meeting those estimates and following the auditor general's due diligence recommendations. The report is due out in February, just in time to provide fodder for the New Democrats during the legislature's spring sitting.
According to Mr. Strieloff, who says research for the report will be undertaken in the fall, "There are a number of models which we can use. One is for us to do a direct examination and issue a long-form report. The other model is to have the government itself issue a report explaining the comparison of plan and actual in terms of financing, scope and timing. And, in that report, we would just issue a short letter inside that report saying this is a fair description of where we are now." The decision of which model to use will be made by Mr. Strieloff, although his office is discussing the matter with the government's Olympic Games secretariat headed by Pacific National Exhibition memorabilia collector Annette Antoniak. A version of this article was originally published in today's edition of 24 hours.