Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
It relates again to the Auditor General’s report and the Phoenix pay system. The Auditor General indicated that there were three high-ranking civil servants, and I don’t want to paraphrase, but bordering on incompetence is the nice way of saying what the Auditor General found. However, the Auditor General refused to name those public servants, and I am wondering why the different standard. When we brought the Auditor General in here to look at us —
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.
Senator Day: He had no problem in naming and shaming senators and attacking the credibility of good senators who should not have been attacked. Can we find out why the Auditor General in this instance is protecting the public service when he was prepared to sacrifice good and capable senators?
Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): I thank the honourable senator for his question. As senators well know, the Auditor General, for good or ill, is an independent officer of Parliament. So far be it from me to speak on his behalf or the government’s behalf with respect to the question the honourable senator raised, but I will certainly bring the question to the Auditor General’s attention and would invite the relevant committees examining this report to raise the question in committee directly.