Auditor General Not Entitled to Access Privileged Information for Audit of Laurentian University, Judge Rules

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Ontario's auditor general isn't entitled access to privileged information in her work to perform an audit of insolvent Laurentian University, according to a decision released Wednesday, reported. Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Superior Court of Justice said the section of the Auditor General Act under scrutiny in this ruling does not require audit subjects to give information and records that are subject to solicitor-client privilege, litigation privilege or settlement privilege. In a statement filed to the court in previous documents, Laurentian listed the wide range of documents the auditor general has been seeking:

- All in-camera briefing packages for the board of governors and its committees from 2010 to present.

- All emails from 2013 to present of various university staff, including its former general counsel (until July 2021), its current president and its former presidents.

- The entire electronic storage areas of various university departments, including legal/general counsel, corporate secretary and board of governors.

- All emails between Laurentian personnel and with the domain, which is a law firm that has clients who are employed at the university.

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