Ontario’s Self-Described “Government for the People” Votes To Restore Trust in Public Finances

Doug Ford launches Commission of Inquiry to do Line-by-Line Audit of former Liberal government’s spending

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario’s new “Government for the People”

“I promised the people of Ontario that we would put an end to the party with your money. With this decisive action, that is exactly what we are doing. Promise made, promise kept.”                           – Ontario Premier Doug Ford

News from the Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford

Posted July 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO — Ontario’s Government for the People is taking action to restore the people’s trust in the public finances.

(This July 17th) Premier Doug Ford joined with Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance, and Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, to announce unprecedented action to restore the public’s confidence in Ontario’s books.

“One of my first actions as premier was to bring in the best and the brightest to build on the great work of the Auditor General, follow the money and shine a light on the darkest corners of the government,” said Ford.

“I want the people to have a full, honest and accurate picture of Ontario’s finances. You deserve to know where your hard-earned money is going, how it was being wasted and how we’re going to fix it.”

The premier and ministers announced that the government will create an Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry into Ontario’s past spending and accounting practices. Under the direction of chair Gordon Campbell and commissioners

Dr. Al Rosen and Michael Horgan, the inquiry will be authorized under the Public Inquiries Act, 2009 to assess the previous government’s accounting practices, and to provide advice and recommendations on how the government can restore trust in Ontario’s finances.

“We will give the commission an expansive mandate to chase down any and all budgetary, spending or accounting practices that might compromise the public’s faith in our public finances,” said Fedeli. “I am confident that this commission has the right leadership, the right mandate and the right resources to get the job done.”

The premier and ministers also announced a public request for bids for outside experts to perform a line-by-line audit of all government programs and services.

The audit will include public consultations. It will provide the government with a detailed analysis of current spending, benchmark this against other jurisdictions and recommend areas that can be improved, including identifying efficiencies and cost savings.

“This audit will examine the entire broader public service,” said Minister Bethlenfalvy. “If the government is paying for something with your tax dollars, you deserve to have confidence that your money is being spent with prudence and care.”

“I promised the people of Ontario that we would put an end to the party with your money,” Premier Ford concluded. “With this decisive action, that is exactly what we are doing. Promise made, promise kept.”

Background Information –

Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry and External Line-by-Line Audit of Government Spending

A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

Here are three things we believe are important to ask and keep an eye on this exercise for;

  • Why can’t Ontario’s already in place Auditor General’s Office – a body independent of whatever party is in power – do this review?
  • How much is this inquiry going to cost taxpayers and how many PC Party friends and associates will be hired to participate in it?
  • To what extent will the findings from this exercise be used by the Ford government to manufacture excuses that it doesn’t have the money it thought it would to keep its election promises?

We’ll be watching and reporting on any further information that surfaces around these questions?

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