“We will give the commission an expansive mandate to chase down any and all budgetary, spending or accounting practices that might compromise the public’s faith in our public finances,” said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli.
The Ford government is taking unprecedented steps to restore Ontarians trust in public finances.
Premier Doug Ford, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, and Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy have announced they are launching a commission of inquiry into the accounting practices of the previous Liberal government
“One of my first actions as premier was to bring in the best and the brightest to build on the great work of the Auditor General, follow the money and shine a light on the darkest corners of the government,” said Ford. “I want the people to have a full, honest and accurate picture of Ontario’s finances. You deserve to know where your hard-earned money is going, how it was being wasted and how we’re going to fix it.”
The government will be creating an Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry to get to the bottom of what happened.
“We will give the commission an expansive mandate to chase down any and all budgetary, spending or accounting practices that might compromise the public’s faith in our public finances,” said Fedeli. “I am confident that this commission has the right leadership, the right mandate and the right resources to get the job done.”
The Ford government will also – as promised – initiate a line-by-line audit of government spending:
“This audit will examine the entire broader public service,” said Minister Bethlenfalvy. “If the government is paying for something with your tax dollars, you deserve to have confidence that your money is being spent with prudence and care.”
Added Ford, “I promised the people of Ontario that we would put an end to the party with your money. With this decisive action, that is exactly what we are doing. Promise made, promise kept.”
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