“The chaotic rollout of these new plates will certainly have costs associated. However, the Government has not revealed the costs.” – from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s March 4th, 2020 letter to the province’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk
News from the Office of Ontario’s Official Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Posted March 4th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario Official Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has formally requested Ontario’s Auditor General review all costs associated with the production and replacement of the Ford government’s defective license plates, and review the non-disclosure agreement signed between the Ford government and manufacturer 3M.
Replacing the new, faulty license plates with even newer ones will, as Horwath notes in her letter, “certainly have costs associated,” including those related to materials, shipping and redesign – but Doug Ford and his government are attempting to hide those costs with the non-disclosure agreement.
“The plategate boondoggle has substantial cost implications, and people simply don’t trust Doug Ford’s claims that Ontarians won’t be on the hook for any of those costs,” said Horwath. “You don’t sign a non-disclosure agreement if you’re telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And that’s why I’ve asked the independent, professional provincial auditor to take a look.”
**See full letter to Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk below –
Auditor General of Ontario
20 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2
March 4, 2020
Dear Auditor General Lysyk,
The Government of Ontario unveiled new license plates on February 4 that they called “more reliable” than the ones most drivers currently use. After repeated public concerns from law enforcement officers and citizens about the new plates’ visibility, the Government of Ontario has chosen to replace all of these new plates with even newer ones.
The chaotic rollout of these new plates will certainly have costs associated. However, the Government has not revealed the costs to Ontarians for these replacements, such as materials, shipping costs and untold other costs of their redesign.
In fact, the Government has signed a non-disclosure agreement with 3M, the manufacturer of the front label of the license plates. This is concerning, given that Ontarians would like to know what has gone wrong with the license plate redesign.
I am requesting your office undertake a review of all costs related to the production and replacement of the defective plates, and the non-disclosure agreement between 3M and the Government of Ontario. I would be interested to learn of the financial implications for Ontarians.
Sincerely, Andrea Horwath, MPP Hamilton Centre
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