William Warren Munroe

763 Beach Road,

Qualicum Beach BC, V9K 1S2

January 18, 2019

Michael Ferguson

Auditor General

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

240 Sparks Street

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G6 Canada

via mail and online form (abridged)

Regarding: access to analysis completed by civil servants in reports to Finance Canada

Dear Mr. Ferguson,

Thank you for raising awareness about the importance of returning to a first principals’ approach – to “access any analysis that is done in the course of preparing recommendations to Cabinet” [1]

Please be aware, provincial government officials provided false information to Statistics Canada (STC) found in STC’s report to Finance Canada addressing possible refinements to Canada’s Equalization Payments programme.[2] The false reporting was not discovered until 2012.[3]

My concern is, provincial or territorial civil servants may continue to provide analysis containing false information to Statistics Canada included in reports to Finance Canada.  Also of concern is that false reporting may again be endorsed by Statistics Canada as being of “better quality” than Statistics Canada’s information without verification.[4]

Are you able to access analysis included in STC’s reports to Finance Canada? In particular, analysis by provincial or territorial government civil servants included in studies conducted by Statistics Canada reporting to Finance Canada.






William Warren Munroe


cc: Carol Bellringer, British Columbia Auditor General

[1] Need to refer to first principals, May 16, 2017:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB-rjoLUe8I, as per the Auditor General Act, https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/A-17/page-2.html#h-5 section 7 (1) (b),

[2] "Compare BC Statistics’ methods and data used during the feasibility study (2004 - 2005) described in “GENERALIZATION ESTIMATION SYSTEM (GES) Small Area Population Estimation, Method and Error Evaluation” BC Stats, August 2011, (GES 2011) p.8. with The Equalization Program and the Property Tax Base: Feasibility Study Conducted by Statistics Canada", February 28, 2005, p. 63

[3] Replies from government officials and elected representatives have yet to address this problem. My letter to the Minister of Finance (December 2015) did not receive a reply. The reply to my letter to the PM (February 2018) was dismissive. For more information go to www.wminfomatics/WP/home.htlml, scroll to dates given.

[4] As was the case in the 2005 feasibility study, explained in my letter to Public Prosecutors, Public Prosecution Service of Canada http://wminfomatics.com/WP/Articles/2017/171214/CrownProsecutor1q.pdf.