VICTORIA (July 10, 2018) – BC Liberal Finance Co-Critic Tracy Redies has issued a statement following the release of the Auditor General’s report regarding real estate asset sales:
“It’s always good to review best practices, and we thank the Auditor General for her report.
“The previous government marketed real estate assets that were no longer in use, not required for future use, or had no strategic benefit for government to be the owner.
“Ultimately, the market value for those properties is determined by what someone is willing to pay for them.
“Selling surplus real estate helps spur economic activity and create jobs for the province and its communities. The proceeds from those sales also helped to fund the important health and education services that British Columbians rely on.
”Despite allegations by the then-Opposition, Ms. Bellringer said: ‘We did not find any evidence of bid rigging, collusion or bias during this audit.’
“As in all reports from the Auditor General, there is a series of recommendations that will help to improve the process and outcomes, which we welcome.”