Balancing a personal chequebook for one does not even begin to compare to what Bonnie Lysyk has to do everyday. As the Auditor General of Ontario, she has the entire provincial chequebook under her watch.
Ms. Lysyk is no stranger to province-wide audits. In her 25-year career, she has worked in senior roles in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba before assuming her current role as the 13th Auditor General of Ontario.
Ms. Lysyk’s top priority is to make sure taxpayers are receiving value for their money. The Office of the Auditor General is an independent office of the Legislature and oversees government spending all while ensuring that public services are being delivered in the most cost effective way possible.
The Office has roots that date back over 100 years and over that time, its responsibilities have grown. Ms. Lysyk spoke to us about jurisdictional expansion of the Auditor General’s Office. One such expansion happened in 2004 when the Office started reviewing all government advertisements. The Office reviews all government ads before being released to the public to ensure that they meet certain criteria.
We were also interested to learn that the Office of the Auditor General oversees the finances of Crown corporations and certain government programs and organizations such as hospitals, post-secondary institutions and school boards.
This morning, we also had the pleasure of meeting with former OLIP Intern, Vanessa Dupuis, who talked to us about her exciting year as an Intern and her current role as a Senior Auditor in the Office of the Auditor General. Ms. Dupuis shared her wealth of knowledge about working in a Member’s Office and shared valuable advice and tips that we will all be taking into our MPP placements!
Thank you to both Ms. Lysyk and Ms. Dupuis for taking the time to meet with the 2016-2017 OLIP Interns!