It was wrong to appoint an auditor general who is not bilingual, Prime Minister Stephen Harper now reportedly admits.
According to Montreal newspaper La Presse, the prime minister told his Conservative caucus last week he made a mistake last year when he appointed the English-speaking Michael Ferguson to the job, and indicated the government would support the NDP’s bill requiring officers of Parliament to be bilingual before their appointment.
NDP MP Alexandrine Latendresse, from the Quebec City riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent, tabled a private member’s bill, bill C-419, earlier this year that would require 10 positions to be bilingual. Those positions include chief electoral officer, privacy commissioner, ethics commissioner, information commissioner and official languages commissioner.
The Liberals and Bloc Quebecois have already indicated they would support C-419.