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11/24/2011 Media Release
Chamber Gives Standing Ovation for Creation of Auditor General for Local Government

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

Chamber Gives Standing Ovation for Creation of Auditor General for Local Government

November 24, 2011 – Victoria, BC – The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce applauds the BC provincial government for proceeding with legislation to form the office of the Auditor General for Local Government.

“We are delighted that the provincial government agrees with the need to provide a missing level of oversight for municipal governments,” said Bruce Carter, CEO at the Greater Victoria Chamber.  “Our members continue to express concern over the unsustainable rate of growth in municipal spending which has consistently eclipsed both wage and economic growth. It is our hope that this new office will reinforce a culture of sound fiscal decision making and ensure that taxpayers are getting the best value for their tax dollar.”

The policy for an Auditor General for local governments was first developed by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and was subsequently endorsed by Chambers across the province as BC Chamber policy.

The Chamber’s ongoing “Our Vibrant Community” campaign launched during the recent municipal election focuses on the pillars of accountability, affordability, transparency and collaboration. These pillars resonated with voters and were endorsed by the majority of candidates. With the establishment of the new office of the Auditor General for Local Government, the Chamber welcomes an ongoing dialogue about how we build on these pillars.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has close to 1,500 members and is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region. The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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For more information contact:

Ellen Henry                                                         Bruce Carter

Manager of Member Communications                  Chief Executive Officer
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce               Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Email:  ehenry@gvcc.org                                              Email:  bcarter@gvcc.org

Cell: 250-812-0510                                                                   

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