Fred J. Dunn, FCA, Auditor General of Alberta, released his report today on the examination of the Corporation’s systems for selling land in Fort McMurray and its land sales and grants from 1999 to the present. Also, the Auditor General investigated whether the mla for Fort McMurray–Wood Buffalo interfered in the sale of land (known as Parcel E) to a consortium of developers.
The Auditor General recommended that the Corporation, working with other ministries and the Municipality, should establish a long-term plan for selling land in Fort McMurray (page 21).
The Corporation does not have a plan to guide its land sales in Fort McMurray. Specifically:
The Auditor General recommended that the Corporation should improve its systems for selling land to ensure that its objectives are met (page 26).
The Corporation could not demonstrate that it met its objectives and received appropriate value for four of its nine land sales (see page 10 for analysis of significant land sales). Specifically, the Corporation:
The Auditor General found that the mla for Fort McMurray–Wood Buffalo was involved in initial discussions about the shortage of land in Fort McMurray, but there is no evidence that the mla was involved in any negotiations or made decisions on the sale of Parcel E (page 30).