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Good Practice Library

This library contains video clips arranged by good practice to provide examples that members may want to draw on.

The library is continually updated as new examples are added, so check back regularly.

To submit a clip to the library send the clip and a short description of what good practice it exemplifies to oversight@caaf‑fcar.ca.


GOOD PRACTICE: The PAC has a positive relationship with the legislative auditor

June 15, 2021 – Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

June 15, 2021

Meeting: Review of the Report of the Auditor General to the Legislative Assembly, dated March 8, 2021

Directly cites the auditor general’s report, looking for details on barriers to implementation of the recommendation.

April 3, 2013 – Nova Scotia PAC

Nova Scotia PAC

April 3, 2013

Meeting: Department of Education November 2012 Report of the Auditor General

Auditor general is at the hearing as an advisor. The committee seeks his perspective following statements from the ministry.

February 13, 2018 – Québec


February 13, 2018

Meeting: Audition du Vérificateur général du Québec sur sa gestion administrative et sur ses engagements financiers

Discussion on how the committee and audit office can work together to promote the adoption of recommendations.

GOOD PRACTICE: The PAC is committed to cross-party collaboration

July 14, 2021 – Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

July 14, 2021

Meeting: Review of two reports: June 2020 Report of the Auditor General – Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, Phase I; May 2021 Report of the Auditor General – Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, Phase II

A member gives their time to another party so the deputy minister can finish answering the question.

October 7, 2021 – New Brunswick

New Brunswick

October 7, 2021

Meeting: Report of the Auditor General of New Brunswick 2021, Volume 1—Performance Audit

The Chair’s introductory remarks clearly set out the collaborative nature of the PAC, promoting cross-party collaboration and establishing zero tolerance for partisanship.

September 21, 2021 – Ireland


September 21, 2021

Meeting: Consideration of Financial Statements and Accounts.

Social Democrat speaks up in support of the comments made by a Green Party member showing collaboration across parties.

GOOD PRACTICE: The PAC has constructive engagement with witnesses

February 13, 2020 – Quebec


February 13, 2020

Meeting: Hearing of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur as a follow-up to recommendation 3.2 of the 40th report on accountability of the Committee on Public Administration

An elected official redirects a witness to stay on topic during testimony.

November 7, 2019 – British Columbia

British Columbia

November 7, 2019

Meeting: Consideration of the Office of the Auditor General’s August 2019 report on the BC Government’s International Directory Account Management.

An elected official uses a clear line of questioning to gather information.

July 2, 2020 <br />Australia


July 2, 2020

Meeting: Cyber Resilience (Auditor-General's Reports Nos 1 and 13 (2019-20)

The Chair needs to call the meeting to order. She seeks to have the witness address the questions directly, and to reduce interruptions from another member who is seeking clarity on answers.

October 1, 2021 – Ireland


October 1, 2021

Meeting: Special Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Nursing Homes Support Scheme

The deputy clearly asks for short responses to keep within time allotted.

GOOD PRACTICE: The PAC has members who understand their unique responsibilities

March 31, 2021 – British Columbia

British Columbia

March 31, 2021

Meeting: Review and consideration of the Office of the Auditor General report: Oversight of International Education Programs in Offshore and Group 4 Schools (November 2020)

A member asks for clarification about the root cause of records management issues. Getting at the root cause is often the key to determining how to fix a situation.

February 9, 2021 – Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

February 9, 2021

Meeting: PAC briefing on the proposed changes to the Procurement of Goods Act and associated regulations

The Chair, seeing no members on the speaker’s list, continues a line of questioning for clarification on legislative development.

February 24, 2021 – New Brunswick

New Brunswick

February 24, 2021

Meeting:Report of the Auditor General – Volume I, Chapter 2
– June 2019

An elected official asks a series of questions drawing directly from two of the reports under review to clarify differences in the content.

November 19, 2020 – Scotland


November 19, 2020

Meeting: Data Collection and Planning for Outcomes (Key Audit Themes)

A Labour MP follows up on a SNP MPs earlier question and pursues a line of questioning with the auditor general about root causes of issues in data collection, political will, and bureaucratic culture.

April 4, 2017 – Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

April 4, 2017

Meeting: Government Operations public briefing on Public Accounts

A member follows up on a previous recommendation that the committee had made relating to the protection of privacy for student loan forgiveness. The members request that the Comptroller General commit to meeting with the Privacy Commissioner.

GOOD PRACTICE: The PAC issues regular reports

March 21, 2018 – Québec


March 21, 2018

Meeting: Hearing of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec on its administrative management

A committee member draws attention to a similar recommendation made by the committee two years earlier.

February 4, 2015 – British Columbia

British Columbia

February 4, 2015

Meeting: Follow-up Process for Office of the Auditor General Reports

The committee discusses how PAC recommendations work in consultation with expert witnesses and the Committee Clerk, and the Chair calls on all members to work collaboratively to reach recommendations.

GOOD PRACTICE: The PAC follows up on the implementation of recommendations

October 24, 2018 – Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

October 24, 2018

Meeting: May 2018 Report of the Auditor General, Chapter 2: Correctional Facilities.

A Member asks the witness about the department’s resistance to implementing a particular audit recommendation given the general support from Corrections for the auditor general findings and recommendations found in the report.

February 19, 2021 – Québec


February 19, 2021

Meeting: Hearing of the Auditor General on the annual report and financial statements

A member pursues a line of questioning on different levels of implementation of auditor recommendations across the government.

Jan. 17, 2019 – Scotland


January 17, 2019

Meeting: The 2017/18 audit of NHS Tayside

A member questions the witness on the monitoring of audit recommendation implementation moving forward, as previous recommendations have not been implemented.

GOOD PRACTICE: The PAC examines its performance and impact

March 10, 2021 – Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

March 10, 2021

Meeting: The clip takes place during the committee business section of a meeting focused on chapter 6 of the November 2015 Report of the Auditor General and chapter 3 of the July 2016 Report of the Auditor General.

Members of the committee debate a motion to improve committee impact and performance by increasing the frequency of PAC meetings and permit the PAC to discuss a range of matters beyond auditor general reports.