Wynne announces “openness” and fights to keep Pan Am files hidden…… here comes the next SCANDAL! …UPDATE!

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

DAILY we hear of the incompetent behaviour of a non-elected Premier trying to find solid ground in a swamp of quicksand and scandals!

Today Premier Wynne lost another attempt to hide expenses of the Pan Am Games organization while hours earlier she is shouting from the podium about how “openness and more transparency” will be her forte in the upcoming election mode she has to start engaging in.

Whoever her “handlers (spin masters)” are should be fired because it sounds like either Wynne is confused, ill or otherwise being misinformed what a good message should be.

I assume when being held under a microscope by the public that one can expect a few “errors” like the “misspelling of Goverment” but to be  aware of this party’s erratic behaviour of late makes one wonder if possible any single one of the MPP’s at Queen’s Park shouldn’t have a mental evaluation to see if they are competent anymore in handling one more cent of our hard earned $$$$$$!

So settle in and watch this scandal unfold……………like a slow motion train wreck at our continued expense!

Liberals told to release Pan Am documents

The day after promising open and transparent government, the Liberals were still trying Tuesday to block the release of Pan Am documents.

The Liberal government has been directed to release all Pan Am documents from Jan. 1, 2010 to Oct. 3, 2013 to a legislative committee probing the cost of the 2015 Toronto games.

FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Liberal government has been directed to release all Pan Am documents from Jan. 1, 2010 to Oct. 3, 2013 to a legislative committee probing the cost of the 2015 Toronto games.

By:  Provincial Politics, Published on Tue Oct 22 2013

The day after promising open and transparent government, the Liberals were still trying Tuesday to block the release of Pan Am documents to a legislative committee probing the cost of the 2015 Toronto games.

But the Liberals on the estimates committee were finally outmanoeuvred after weeks of stalling, resulting in a decision directing the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to release all Pan Am documents from Jan. 1, 2010 to Oct. 3, 2013 to the committee.

“They are clearly worried we are going to find something. The fact they have been filibustering for 20 days and tried to do it again today tells me there is something they don’t want us to see,” Tory MPP Rod Jackson (Barrie) told the Star.

With great fanfare, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday a blue-ribbon panel led by Ottawa academic Don Lenihan — and including former Tory cabinet minister Norm Sterling — to look at ways to make government data easier to find, understand, and use as well as increase public engagement.

The Tory motion calling for the documents is similar to what the Progressive Conservatives did in order to get inside information on the Liberal government’s decision to close gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville at a potential cost of $1.1 billion.

A government spokesperson said Liberal committee members were trying only to refine the search parameters to cut down on the thousands of documents expected, but finally agreed to a longer time to produce the documents.

The Progressive Conservatives are lining up behind other critics saying the only way TO2015 can make its $1.44 billion budget is to off-load costs to host municipalities, such as Milton with the over-budget velodrome, or hide cost overruns in other budgets.

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Ontario won’t release security and transportation costs for Pan Am Games

October 24th, 2013

Ontario won't release security and transportation costs for Pan Am Games

TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT MINISTER MICHAEL CHAN. Credits: Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency.

ANTONELLA ARTUSO | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO — The provincial government has refused to release a public budget for security and transportation costs at the 2015 Pan Am Games.Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Chan said he’s concerned that any number would be premature.

“We still have about one year and nine or eight months to go,” Chan said Thursday. “Definitely, we will have a number but I want them to give me a solid, good, correct, down-to-earth number … because I don’t want to do the same thing as other Games in the past that they keep changing their numbers.”

Progressive Conservative MPP Rod Jackson said billions of tax dollars will be spent on the international sporting event and yet the Liberal government is unable to provide a full costing.

“For him not to be able to answer what the security costs are going to be or what the transportation costs are going to be for the Pan Am Games at this point is terrifying to me,” Jackson said. “This is a minister who doesn’t have a grip. He’s a disaster on this file. He needs to step down.”

The security budget for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver ballooned far beyond its original $175 million estimate to $925 million.

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