Of the issues scrutinized, acting auditor general Wayne Loveys said the unsuccessful quest to get information from departments about infrastructure decisions raised one of the biggest red flags.
"The precedent-setting nature of that is very concerning," he told The Telegram.
Loveys elaborated on what happened regarding the much-touted infrastructure strategy, which was announced in 2004 and was valued at $5 billion last year.
His office asked for a copy and was told there was no formal infrastructure strategy document.
It then requested information from five departments about processes for identifying, evaluating and ranking infrastructure projects.
Preliminary details were provided, but it became apparent the needed information wouldn't be forthcoming.
Health and Community Services, and then Justice, said the information fell under a section of the access to information act protecting data that could inform cabinet deliberations.
Loveys said it clearly wasn't worthwhile to make further requests of the departments. Still, he didn't buy the rationale.
"We know that. We accept that, but their interpretation of deliberations is very widespread," he said. "They're saying any and all information, whether…