Laurentian University withholding documents for financial audit, auditor general says

Ontario’s auditor general has gone to court to seek information for a probe into Laurentian University’s finances because the university won’t share relevant documents.

Bonnie Lysyk gave an update today on her special audit of the insolvent Sudbury, Ont., school that filed for creditor protection this year amid financial challenges.

She said the university has refused to provide unfettered and timely access to information, amounting to “unprecedented” restrictions of her office’s audit work.

She said the university won’t provide privileged or non-privileged information and has introduced protocols that prevent staff from speaking freely.

Lysyk filed an application in Ontario Superior Court of Justice in September asking a judge to declare the auditor general’s legislated right to privileged information and documents — the first time her office has had to take that step.

She said it’s unclear if all the documents will be turned over despite some material that started to flow in this month following letters from a government committee on public accounts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2021.

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