After ten years as Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser will be finishing her mandate at the end of May. Recently, she sat down with TVO to discuss defining moments of her tenure, and reflect on why she is one of the most widely trusted public figures in Canada.
Hamilton NDP MP David Christopherson, the vice-chair of the Commons public accounts committee in the last Parliament, put it this way: “Canadians have come to see Fraser as someone who is on their side…they knew in their heart and in their gut that she was there for them.” A sentiment notably absent when it comes to public regard for most politicians, it almost goes without saying.
Fraser has done some excellent work over the years as head of the OAG and will be a tough act to follow. Lets hope that the Harper government selects a worthy successor capable of earning the same level of trust, respect and public confidence.