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Another Scandal Hits Ontario – When Will the Lunacy End?

September 1, 2009

What the heck’s in the drinking water of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government? Here we go again with another scandal. Back in early June I wrote two posts about Sarah Kramer, the disgraced CEO of e-Health Ontario who had to resign as the result of extreme cost overruns and highly questionable tendering practices, among other things. Ontario’s premier Dalton McGuinty assumed responsibility and things eventually settled down in the media. The media, remember, has the attention span of a budgie, flitting from crisis to crisis, seldom doing follow-up.

Now we have the spectacle of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) female CEO, Kelly McDougald, being sacked along with the entire board of directors by the Ontario Minister of Finance.

This is not the end of the story, as reported in today’s Toronto Globe and Mail, which provides a list of examples of questionable expenses by senior OLG officers. Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has initiated a government-wide investigation into the accountability of the province’s boards, agencies and commissions. As an Ontario taxpayer, who has witnessed repeated broken promises by our premier, I hope to hell that this government can get its act together and demonstrate some fiscal, moral and ethical leadership. I’ve just about had enough, as have other Ontarians.

PS – and if that isn’t enough Ontario’s former Attorney General, Michael Bryant, who switched jobs last spring to work for the City of Toronto, has just been arrested for a hit and run. Someone, please pass the Tylenol!

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