Federal Auditor General Michael Ferguson dies

Michael Ferguson, Canada's auditor general for the past seven years, has died.

His office said Ferguson died surrounded by his wife, Georgina, and sons, Malcolm and Geoffrey.

Craig Scott, a university professor who serves on a panel of advisers to the auditor general, said Ferguson's cancer had returned in recent weeks.

Ferguson was appointed auditor general in 2011 by then prime minister Stephen Harper.

Opposition parties initially refused to endorse him because he did not speak French.

Prior to holding that post, he served a variety of roles in the New Brunswick government, including five years as the province's auditor general.

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- With files from the Canadian Press