Much concern is brewing among the provincial New Democrats over the use of an executive search firm to hire Auditor General Wayne Strelioff's successor. At issue: concerns some industry members are too close to the Campbell administration, having donated $31,415 to the Liberals and received $3.3 million in government transfers - far more than when the New Democrats were in office between fiscal 1997/98 and 2000/01. But this won't be the first time a consulting company has been involved in the selection of British Columbia's top financial watchdog. Back in 1977, Stevenson and Kellogg Ltd. carried out "interviews and other investigations" of 22 candidates selected by a special committee of the legislature. And 1987, Ernst and Whinney Ltd. was tasked with conducting "in-depth interviews" with seven candidates selected by a similar body.
February 8, 2006