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WATCH: Liberals introducing new accountability legislation

But opposition scoff at the timing

The premier has officially unveiled her plans to make provincial agencies and elected officials more accountable.

But despite the fact that this bill may never become law if the government topples and an election is called, Kathleen Wynne brushes aside suggestions that this is political posturing.

Wynne underlines the province has to continue to get work done before the budget, given she doesn't know if it will be voted down or not.

With this legislation, the government wants to increase ombudsman oversight to school boards, universities and municipalities, and require elected officials and some staff to post expenses online.

Voting records will also be more easily acceptable.

The new legislation would also create a new Ombudsman, who will focus on healthcare oversight.

Wynne hopes this legislation will get all party support.

Meantime, opposition parties at Queen's Park scoff at attempts of accountability on the part of the Liberal government, pointing to scandal and a possible election.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak laughed at the legislation, noting the Liberal government is the focus of two OPP investigations on deleted gas plant emails and spending at Ornge air ambulance.

Hudak says the only way to get real accountability is to change the government.

NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson also listed off government scandals.

And while he said his party is interested in many of the things included in this legislation, he's confident this is just political posturing on the Premier's part before a possible election.

The NDP hold the balance of power going into the budget. If they don't support it or abstain from voting, the government will topple. Ontario will then be headed to the polls.

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  1. don was right posted on 03/06/2014 12:48 PM
    this is the least of our worries. What we need to see is every dollar spent by the government and all its agencies and hangers on, LHINs CCAS etc etc metrolinx. Even staff payrolls Only then will we nip an ehealth or gas plant fiasco in the bud. Any pwerson or corporation not happy with this can go do bu8isness somehwere else.
  2. Frankie posted on 03/06/2014 12:58 PM
    Equally important with accountability is personnel. Lots of Liberal "friends" get hired in very senior responsible positions with absolutely no experience, just payback for supporting Liberals. Then they completely mismanage their responsibilities and that costs us billions. Health is a perfect example of this.
  3. john posted on 03/06/2014 01:04 PM
    accountability lol lol lol lol lol lol thay have no clue what accountability is . when Wynne gets kicked out of office she should get a job as a comedian .
  4. Dean posted on 03/06/2014 01:07 PM
    What about the bloated, sprawling, cancerous public sector unions? What about their ever-increasing spending and ever-larger demands, the demands they push during hostage situations that would be right at home in a ham-fisted Bruce Willis movie? Where is the accountability there?
  5. dama posted on 03/06/2014 02:52 PM
    Does Wynne really knows the meaning of "accountability"? It is funny to hear that coming off her mouth...

    Where is the accountability of eHealth? Orange, gas plants and the PAM AM over spending and half a million dollars severance package for Ian Troops(sic)?

    Under her "mis-leadership", she had created layers and layers of commission that went to her Liberal buddies, why do you need a Health Minister when you want to hire an Ombudsman to oversee Ehealth?

    Liberal has to go..
  6. Herry posted on 03/06/2014 03:17 PM
    HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO SECURE EMPLOYMENT IN OTTAWA WHEN IN FACT THE CITY KEEPS HIRING QUCKBECERS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. MARK posted on 03/06/2014 09:23 PM
    So funny how the most corrupt and incompetent political party in Canadian history now wants to talk about accountability. Heck, the only people that can afford these goons are teachers and other piggish public sector workers. I wonder why?
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