“On behalf of my constituents, I strongly urge you to … reconsider the Auditor General’s offer of a free, independent, third-party audit.” – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West Glanbrook
A News Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted April 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large
A fifth Ontario member of the legislature from the Niagara and Hamilton regions has now joined a majority of local municipal councillors and many of the regions’ residents in urging the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to accept an offer from Ontario’s Auditor General to perform a through audit on its books.
Niagara West-Glanbrook Riding MPP Sam Oosterhoof – a Progressive Conservative Party member of the Ontario legislature elected by Tory Party members in his riding last year to replace retired MPP and former provincial PC Party leader Tim Hudak – has joined St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley, Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster, Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller in calling on the NPCA to let the province’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, audit its operations.
Oosterhoff made his position known in an April 7th letter he sent to the NPCA board – a copy of which has been obtained by Niagara At Large. The other MPPs made the same call to the board in an open letter released late this March
Public pressure for a thorough, independent audit of the NPCA has been building for a year around a number of questions and concerns raised about the Conservation Authority’s hiring and firing practices, its awarding of contracts and other matters involving the spending of millions of dollars of tax money it receives each year from municipalities in Niagara, Hamilton and Haldimand County.
Following a “special meeting” of the NPCA board, held this April 21st, a statement was released, saying that the Conservation Authority has cancelled plans to pursue what has become a controversial RFP process to conduct an auditor and to “resume conversations with the Auditor General of Ontario.”
The statement cites “board member interference” as the reason for the decision, but does not name the board member or detail exactly what the nature of the interference was – so more on that matter in Niagara At Large in the days to come.
Meanwhile, here is a copy of MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s letter (click on the body of the letter to enlarge it for easier reading) –
To read the statement the NPCA released this April 21st on this issue, click on – https://npca.ca/news/npca-cancels-rfp-process-board-member-interference?platform=hootsuite .
For a related story posted in Niagara At Large on this issue, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/03/28/niagara-and-hamilton-area-mpps-urge-npca-to-submit-to-an-audit-from-the-ontario-auditor-generals-office/
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