Island Auditor Gives Legislature Committee OK To Probe Immigration Programme

Island auditor gives legislature committee OK to probe immigration program

Last updated at 8:11 AM on 23/10/08

CHARLOTTETOWN The public accounts committee on P.E.I. has been given the green light by the provinces auditor general to conduct its own probe of a controversial immigration program.

The program, which ended Sept. 2, offered expedited Canadian visas for immigrants willing to invest money in Island companies.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the province through the so-called nominee program.

Auditor general Colin Younker decided to launch an investigation after a number of discrepancies with the administration of the program came to light.

Several members of the public accounts committee had expressed concern about launching an examination while Younker was conducting his own probe.

But the committee received word this week from Younker that it is free to proceed.