Michael Ferguson, Canada's general auditor, has died, confirmed to CBC News office on Saturday. He was 60.
"Mr. Ferguson has been treated for cancer since November last year," said a statement by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. – Unfortunately, the treatment was unsuccessful. He died, surrounded by his family in Ottawa.
Mr. Ferguson will be remembered by all those who have had the pleasure of recognizing him as a humble, compassionate and anxious man very valuable to his staff and respected by parliamentarians and government officials.
Ferguson had canceled his media appearances for his autumn 2018 reports due to health problems.
He was appointed Canada's general auditor in November 2011, and his mandate was due to end in 2021.
Before serving his federal duties, he served in various positions in the New Brunswick Provincial Government, including as auditor general.
Ferguson was not shy about expressing his disappointment. In the summer, he told CBC Radio The house he was tired of submitting annual reports recommending reforms on how the government is doing business – just to see these recommendations disappear after the hole in memory.
Some of the issues he was paying attention to were the Phoenix pay system, the local population services, and the army's sexual offenses.
"He was deeply interested in conducting audits that contributed to public service, always for the better of Canadians," said the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. Ferguson has survived his wife and sons.
The Auditor General is an employee of the Parliament appointed for a 10-year term without renewal. He or she is responsible for auditing and reporting to the federal government departments and agencies, crown corporations and other national organizations.