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The role of the Auditor General of Canada is to aid accountability by conducting independent audit of federal government operations. The Auditor General reports to the House of Commons, not to the government. These audits provide members of Parliamentmarker with objective information to help them examine the government's activities and hold it to account.

Office

Auditors General are appointed by the Governor General in Council (cabinet) for 10 year terms during good behaviour. However, removal of an Auditor General requires the approval of both the House of Commons and Senate. Auditors General can only serve one term and cannot be reappointed to the position.

The current Auditor General of Canada is Sheila Fraser. She was appointed on May 31, 2001. She can likely lay claim to being the most popular Auditor General of Canada of all time, being voted 66th place in The Greatest Canadian.

In October 2008, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine.

History

The role of Auditor General was introduced in 1878.

In 1971 the Auditor General's Office hosted VII INCOSAI, the seventh triennial convention of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions.

List of Auditors General of Canada

Auditor General Appointed Departed
John Langton 1867 1878
John Lorn McDougall 1878 1905
John Fraser 1905 1919
Edward Davenport Sutherland 1919 1923
Georges Gonthier 1924 1939
Robert Watson Sellar 1940 1959
Andrew Maxwell Henderson 1960 1973
James J. Macdonnell 1973 1980
Michael H. Rayner (acting) 1980 1981
Kenneth M. Dye 1981 1991
Denis Desautels 1991 2001
Sheila Fraser 2001 Present


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