Editorial: It's Kathleen Wynne's Liberals, not the auditor general who are blowing smoke

Opinion Dec 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The newly established Ontario Liberal government may have had a demoralizing week, but it’s taxpayers that are, and will continue to suffer the full brunt of the government’s ineptitude.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, and her merry band of cabinet ministers kicked off the week by pooh-poohing Bonnie Lysyk, the provincial auditor general, for her recent report that showed the unaccountable waste and confusion within a governing system that seems nothing more than a financial black hole.

While the $1.9 million boondoggle that is the smart metre program garnered most of the attention, other items should also make taxpayers blood boil. The auditor general identified 74 infrastructure projects through the Liberal’s trumpeted public private partnership plan that have cost taxpayers $8 billion more than expected; there’s Infrastructure Ontario’s risky $224-million loan to the financially crippled MaRS Discovery District; and a maddening item that resonates in Dundas, the huge waiting lists for residential services for those with developmental disabilities that as of March 31 totaled 14,300, compared to the 17,400 people receiving service, at a cost of $1.16 billion. As Hamilton cabinet minister Ted McMeekin so callously stated in a Twitter message, the auditor general was “blowing smoke.”

If that level of financial mismanagement isn’t enough for the auditor general to “blow smoke” over, consider the revelation that a cozy 2000 arrangement between The Beer Store and the LCBO to keep prices high, and choice limited for bars and the public has been allowed to continue unabated.

And, in addition, just when you think the Liberal boondoggles haven’t cost Ontario taxpayers enough time, money and resources, the introduction of the $240-million Social Assistance Management System software. While it was intended to be cheap and efficient to operate, it’s not only caused frustration and anger for municipal employees who are trying to wrestle with the system, but clients of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program who are dependent upon the system, have been left flailing at the systemic ineptitude of the bureaucratic system. Adding insult to injury, Wynne and her cohorts dismissed the troubling computer problems as nothing more than “glitches” a slap to the face of every government employee and client trying to deal with what is a serious bureaucratic bungle.

Government is supposed to help people — at least that is what the Liberals told us back during the June election. Yet since they won their surprise majority, the Liberals have become an arrogant, bloated party, dismissing Ontarians as petty peasants, or as some cabinet ministers have inferred not worth their time.

 

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Editorial: It's Kathleen Wynne's Liberals, not the auditor general who are blowing smoke

Opinion Dec 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The newly established Ontario Liberal government may have had a demoralizing week, but it’s taxpayers that are, and will continue to suffer the full brunt of the government’s ineptitude.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, and her merry band of cabinet ministers kicked off the week by pooh-poohing Bonnie Lysyk, the provincial auditor general, for her recent report that showed the unaccountable waste and confusion within a governing system that seems nothing more than a financial black hole.

While the $1.9 million boondoggle that is the smart metre program garnered most of the attention, other items should also make taxpayers blood boil. The auditor general identified 74 infrastructure projects through the Liberal’s trumpeted public private partnership plan that have cost taxpayers $8 billion more than expected; there’s Infrastructure Ontario’s risky $224-million loan to the financially crippled MaRS Discovery District; and a maddening item that resonates in Dundas, the huge waiting lists for residential services for those with developmental disabilities that as of March 31 totaled 14,300, compared to the 17,400 people receiving service, at a cost of $1.16 billion. As Hamilton cabinet minister Ted McMeekin so callously stated in a Twitter message, the auditor general was “blowing smoke.”

If that level of financial mismanagement isn’t enough for the auditor general to “blow smoke” over, consider the revelation that a cozy 2000 arrangement between The Beer Store and the LCBO to keep prices high, and choice limited for bars and the public has been allowed to continue unabated.

And, in addition, just when you think the Liberal boondoggles haven’t cost Ontario taxpayers enough time, money and resources, the introduction of the $240-million Social Assistance Management System software. While it was intended to be cheap and efficient to operate, it’s not only caused frustration and anger for municipal employees who are trying to wrestle with the system, but clients of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program who are dependent upon the system, have been left flailing at the systemic ineptitude of the bureaucratic system. Adding insult to injury, Wynne and her cohorts dismissed the troubling computer problems as nothing more than “glitches” a slap to the face of every government employee and client trying to deal with what is a serious bureaucratic bungle.

Government is supposed to help people — at least that is what the Liberals told us back during the June election. Yet since they won their surprise majority, the Liberals have become an arrogant, bloated party, dismissing Ontarians as petty peasants, or as some cabinet ministers have inferred not worth their time.

 

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Editorial: It's Kathleen Wynne's Liberals, not the auditor general who are blowing smoke

Opinion Dec 21, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

The newly established Ontario Liberal government may have had a demoralizing week, but it’s taxpayers that are, and will continue to suffer the full brunt of the government’s ineptitude.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, and her merry band of cabinet ministers kicked off the week by pooh-poohing Bonnie Lysyk, the provincial auditor general, for her recent report that showed the unaccountable waste and confusion within a governing system that seems nothing more than a financial black hole.

While the $1.9 million boondoggle that is the smart metre program garnered most of the attention, other items should also make taxpayers blood boil. The auditor general identified 74 infrastructure projects through the Liberal’s trumpeted public private partnership plan that have cost taxpayers $8 billion more than expected; there’s Infrastructure Ontario’s risky $224-million loan to the financially crippled MaRS Discovery District; and a maddening item that resonates in Dundas, the huge waiting lists for residential services for those with developmental disabilities that as of March 31 totaled 14,300, compared to the 17,400 people receiving service, at a cost of $1.16 billion. As Hamilton cabinet minister Ted McMeekin so callously stated in a Twitter message, the auditor general was “blowing smoke.”

If that level of financial mismanagement isn’t enough for the auditor general to “blow smoke” over, consider the revelation that a cozy 2000 arrangement between The Beer Store and the LCBO to keep prices high, and choice limited for bars and the public has been allowed to continue unabated.

And, in addition, just when you think the Liberal boondoggles haven’t cost Ontario taxpayers enough time, money and resources, the introduction of the $240-million Social Assistance Management System software. While it was intended to be cheap and efficient to operate, it’s not only caused frustration and anger for municipal employees who are trying to wrestle with the system, but clients of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program who are dependent upon the system, have been left flailing at the systemic ineptitude of the bureaucratic system. Adding insult to injury, Wynne and her cohorts dismissed the troubling computer problems as nothing more than “glitches” a slap to the face of every government employee and client trying to deal with what is a serious bureaucratic bungle.

Government is supposed to help people — at least that is what the Liberals told us back during the June election. Yet since they won their surprise majority, the Liberals have become an arrogant, bloated party, dismissing Ontarians as petty peasants, or as some cabinet ministers have inferred not worth their time.

 

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