Atlantic provinces and Atlantic Lottery Corporation accept auditor recommendations

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation's board and management and the four provincial governments involved have accepted the recommendations outlined in a scathing auditors' report.

The joint report by the auditors general of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, found the management of the lottery corporation was marred by confused decision-making due to a lack of co-ordination.

Overall, the auditors made nine recommendations to the four provincial governments to improve their oversight and 16 to the board and management to improve accountability and transparency.

ALC CEO Brent Scrimshaw says the corporation will set out a timeline for implementing the recommendations.

Scrimshaw says the ALC has already put in place tighter controls on travel and hosting expenses, and increased transparency by posting online senior leaders' expenses and compensation.

The 69-page joint audit cited several examples of government interference and questioned spending practices such as unilateral pay hikes, 73-thousand dollars for concert and event tickets and pricey Christmas parties. 

 

(with files from the Canadian Press)