Ontario NDP Leader asks Auditor General to Review Costs Associated with Ford Government’s Botched License Plates Roll-Out

Ontario Official Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

“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

The license plate Ontario vehicle owners have had for decades, on top, and the new one below. They also just happen to feature the Ford government’s Tory Party colours.

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.”

The new Ford government  license plates. A number of people, including some police officers and U.S. border guards, are complaining that these plates are hard to read at night and in glaring sunlight.

**See full letter to Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk below –

Bonnie Lysyk
Auditor General of Ontario
20 Dundas Street West
Suite 1530

Toronto, ON M5G 2C2

March 4, 2020

Dear Auditor General Lysyk,

Ontario Auditor General Bonnie 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

To watch a recent CTV report on the Ontario License Plate issue, click on the screen below –

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3 responses to “Ontario NDP Leader asks Auditor General to Review Costs Associated with Ford Government’s Botched License Plates Roll-Out

  1. Robert Milenkoff

    I believe every taxpayer in Ontario would be happy to see an audit done on the botched license plates and how much it is going to cost.We can only hope that the Auditor General has the time to do it.
    The reason I mention this isthat if you remember back in 2018, the Ford government fired Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and watchdog after she gave a scathing report on Ford’s destructive effects on climate change.
    Her duties were then transferred over to the Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, like she didn’t have enough to do.
    Come to think of it, maybe it’s better if we don’t find out the cost. We already lost our environmental watchdog and do we really want to lose the Auditor General.

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  2. Gary Screaton Page

    We needed a new licence plate and a new slogan like we needed ulcers. Yet, Doug Ford is giving us all three. He has money for this failure but not enough for rape crisis centres. Ford also has money to higher a friend at a $600,000 salary! Doug Ford know no shame!

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  3. Gary Screaton Page

    P.S. Yes, I know “higher” was wrong. But, Ford “raised” his friend’s income higher when he hired him! Like I said, no shame.

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