Premier Wynne pledges to 'do government differently'
Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to make it easier for Ontarians to find out what public servants do with your hard-earned money.
She is pushing for business at Queen's Park to be conducted more transparently, making information about the goings-on within the provincial government easier to find.
This comes as the Ontario Liberals try to shake off the power plant cancellation scandal that cost taxpayers $1.1 billion.
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Wynne will assemble a panel of experts who will research and report on ways to make the Ontario government more accountable.
The Premier released an open letter to explain her position on Monday:
To the people of Ontario,
We live in an exciting time when new technologies and fresh ideas can be harnessed to create powerful change. In this interconnected world, governments must find new ways to inform and engage the people they represent.
I want Ontario to lead the way, re-imagining what’s possible through our own Open Government initiative.
To get this process started, I’ve asked each of our 27 ministries to develop a plan on how they will become open and engaged. And we’ve brought together an expert team that will lead a province-wide discussion about how we, as a government, can be more open in everything we do.
We need to make information easier to find, understand and use, so that we can design services that deliver better results to the people of Ontario.
Part of this process will be the use of innovative models of public engagement, giving you a greater say on a range of items, including transit, regional economic development, and fiscal responsibility. We will also create a central space online where people can find information about government consultations, get engaged in that process, and express their ideas on government policy.
We must also unlock public data so that you can help us solve problems and find new ways of doing things. I believe that government data belongs to the people of Ontario and so we will make government data open by default, limiting access only to safeguard privacy, security and confidentiality.
To get there, we will open up data sets on our Open Data Portal on issues such as gridlock, student achievement and wait times. To help prioritize the order that data sets are made available, we will publish an inventory of potential open data so that people can vote on the information they would like to access.
By putting data online for fresh analysis, we can spark innovative discoveries that could help grow our economy and improve peoples’ lives.
Our Open Government initiative will help create the transparent, accessible government that the people of Ontario deserve. Over the months and years to come, we’ll be bringing forward additionalinitiatives that will improve transparency, accountability, and connectivity.
I want to work with you to create meaningful change, both inside our government and across the province. It’s part of our plan to govern for One Ontario, where every voice counts.
Together, let’s do government differently.
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
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