Everyone seems to have their “panties in a knot” over the gas plant scandal in Ontario but there are many more recent muck ups unfolding right now within Queen’s Park that involves the Western portion of our once great Province!
Wynne in tandem with Horwath has basically ruined this Province with one bad decision over another and it will be decades before we can fix this mess IF these two failed leaders are thrown out of the Pink Building once and for all.
Without a house cleaning like no other in modern history Ontarians should all start to think about moving to another Province for a new start before there isn’t anything left to hang on to except a bleak, broken and overpriced future!
Time for Wynne to go and take all her herd of gerbils with her along with the NDP who have clung to Wynne’s pant legs like thirsty pups and give us all a break!
The government is a shambles. It’s time for the NDP to stop propping it up. Andrea Horwath should pull the plug.
Consider the news this week (and it’s still early). The government admitted that it – specifically Premier Kathleen Wynne, when she was Transportation minister – “negotiated away” its oversight over the $1.4-billion Herb Gray Parkway, the biggest infrastructure project in the province. It bungled a major plan to modernize gambling, astray in its projections by a total of almost $5 billion and hundreds of jobs, according to a damning report by the auditor general. While the government touts a new, $2.5-billion fund to attract business, the skyrocketing cost of electricity is “breaking” already battered manufacturers. And the deficit, which the government said it would eliminate by 2017-18, is expected to rise with a free-spending budget designed in part to woo the NDP and be an attractive platform for an election.
Among the revelations in the reports and emails obtained by the NDP under a Freedom of Information request and reported by The Windsor Star’s Dave Battagello, Ontario’s Transportation Ministry “consistently notes” that the contract for the parkway, awarded by Wynne when she was transportation minister, “does not allow the MTO to exercise its role and responsibilities as the legislated road authority and puts the provincial interest (the public) at risk.”
The agreement provided no way for the ministry to intervene to ensure standards were met, no authority to change or stop construction if there was a serious problem and no penalties.
“…there was nothing that MTO could do on its own to force compliance with Canadian standards.”
Current Transportation Minister Glen Murray wrote in an email to the CEO of Infrastructure Ontario last June, “We may have compromised our ability to enforce the law by negotiating our authority away.”
And we all know what happened with the parkway: hundreds of potentially faulty girders were installed and later had to be ripped out.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s plan to modernize gambling two years ago, approved by the cabinet that included Wynne, was supposed to create jobs. Instead, according to Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, it will likely cost jobs. Profit that would go to the government to pay down the deficit was supposed to increase by $4.6 billion over five years; now, the projection is less than $2 billion. The plan was supposed to draw $3.2 billion in investment; now the projection is less than $1 billion.
In short, the government didn’t do its homework. It banked on as many as a dozen new casinos, but five municipalities either voted against them or changed them significantly. It abruptly cancelled the sharing of slot machine revenue with horse racing and then had to spend half a billion dollars helping the industry’s transition. Meanwhile, the OLG has had five board chairs and seven CEOs in nine years.
The government on Monday announced its $2.5-billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund to attract investment and help existing businesses expand. The same day, Gary Goodyear, the Minister of State responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, told a conference at the University of Windsor that skyrocketing electricity costs are “breaking” manufacturers.