Hey Toronto! ………………………..Presto!….Your money just disappeared!

Posted: December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Another day…..another scandal!

How can any single Liberal these days even show their face in public let alone announce anything with the scandalous record they have for wasting tax payers dollars on crony projects that are unravelling as they are announced?

ORNGE is still under police investigation, followed up with the gas plant scandals and eventual slithering away from Parliament by the whole McGuinty “clan” yet the hits just keep coming!

McGuinty “in cahoots with Metrolinx” has created another windfall for a select few and a massive loss for many with the faulty “Presto” announcement!

Good name though: ……….. one minute your money’s here………..and PRESTO!………….now it’s gone!

Presto yet another Liberal boondoggle gone wild 





The Presto pay system inside the TTC’s new streetcars. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO – Presto appears to be the last bastard offspring in the great everlasting, never-ending genealogy of Liberal scandals, boondoggles and screw-ups.

EHealth begat Colle-gate which spawned Ornge which begat the contempt motion over power plant documents.

The Presto fare card has been a massive problem in both Ottawa and Toronto.

It’s particularly frustrating to Ottawa residents who can look across the river to Gatineau where a fare card has been up and running and happily serving customers for some time.

Provincial auditor general Jim McCarter produced a scathing report on Presto Wednesday, saying when all the costs are factored in, Presto stands to be among the highest-cost fare cards in the world.

And you wonder why it is that this province continues to re-invent the wheel when it comes to big IT projects.

They’re invariably fraught with cost overruns and come in late and overbudget — if they ever get completed at all.

Which reminds me: Where are our electronic health records?

Presto is yet another boondoggle gone wild.

In his report, McCarter says that to meet the requirements of Ottawa and Toronto, Presto Next Generation (PNG) is being developed at an anticipated cost of $498 million.

“In total, more than $700 million could be paid to the contractor for developing the original Presto system and PNG,” the report said.

So why did Presto have to re-invent the wheel?

There are plenty of fare cards already up and running. Why not just buy an off-the-shelf system from one of them?

“Metrolinx spent hundreds of millions of dollars on these projects, but the project management and information system they have is just not providing the functionality that is needed,” McCarter told reporters.

Tory Frank Klees — who broke the Ornge scandal — is raising alarm bells on Presto.

He says the province used “political blackmail,” to “coerce” the TTC into going with Presto, when they’d already negotiated a deal with another fare card provider.

“Why would the Ministry of Transportation, why would Metrolinx, then coerce — the term that’s been used is ‘political blackmail’ — to force the TTC to use Presto, when the TTC had already gone to market with an open tender and had a proponent — ACS Xerox — who was ready to implement the open system fare card?” Klees told reporters.

He said the province forced the TTC to accept a proposal that was going to cost them $300 million more in capital and about $15 million more annually to operate.

“Something does not smell right about this deal,” Klees said.

New Democratic critic Rosario Marchese pointed out there were 329 change orders in the deal.




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