Description: Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil questioned the findings of provincial Auditor General Michael Pickup regarding a shortage of physicians in Nova Scotia. The Premier appeared to be saying that Mr. Pickup had strayed into the policy field in his audit of doctor shortages in Nova Scotia. He noted that if the Auditor General wanted to make policy, he was free to run in the next provincial election. The opposition parties did not appear to see things quite the same way.
Date: November 23, 2017
1) In Wiley’s Auditing: A Practical Approach, Section 1.3 discusses a variety of assurance services. In which category would Mr. Pickup’s discussion of the doctor shortage fit?
2) Do you think Mr. Pickup may have strayed into the policy area with this audit? In other words, are the Premier’s comments justified?
3) Would you be interested in being an auditor general at some point in your accounting career?