Sault MPP Ross Romano part of committee launching investigation into former Wynne government.

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MPP Ross Romano spoke of reconcilliation at The 11th Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Feb. 14th, 2018. photo by Lynne Brown/Superior Media

The Progressive Conservatives are “interested in getting to the bottom of this and getting to the truth.” Sault Ste Marie MPP Ross Romano told reporters at Queen’s Park today.

Romano is part of a special legislative committee probing the (former) Liberal government’s finances.

The  committee was struck in September to examine the former provincial government’s handling of Ontario’s finances.  Premier Doug Ford alleges that (former Premier) Kathleen Wynne’s actions bordered on the criminal and constitute the greatest “government scandal in a generation.”

The creation of the select committee, which Mr. Ford has said will be given the power to call witnesses and compel documents, comes after Ontario’s Finance Minister announced in late September that the provincial deficit has increased to $15-billion this year. Ms. Wynne’s government had estimated the shortfall before the spring election at $6.7-billion.

At the time, NDP leader Andrea Horwath stated that if the Ford government really believes that the Wynne government’s actions were ‘criminal’, they should call for a police investigation. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli refused to answer numerous reporters questions as to why that has not happened if Doug Ford believes the Wynne government’s handling of finances bordered on what he (Ford) has publicly stated as bordering on ‘criminal’.

Emails and documents from former premier Kathleen Wynne, several of her cabinet ministers, top aides and senior bureaucrats are being demanded by government MPPs dominating a select committee putting a microscope on Ontario’s finances after almost 15 years of Liberal rule.

The motion came Thursday morning at a hearing of the committee on financial transparency.

“People need to get some answers to the questions that we have. There is a $15-billion deficit in this province right now and we need to know what happened.” said Romano.

“I think it’s a very relevant question to look at all those people who could have been part of coming up with this particular accounting practice that has led us to have a $15 billion deficit,” he said.

Ontario’s Auditor-General and the province’s Financial Accountability Office have released public reports over the past three years that have documented the dispute over accounting practices. Those reports also looked at the former government’s decision to use American private-sector accounting standards rather than Canada’s public-sector standards to account for the billions of dollars in new debt required to reduce hydro rates.

Ms. Wynne, who still holds a seat in the legislature, said Mr. Ford was using the select committee as an excuse to allow his government to cut more public services.

Romano further told reporters this morning, “I think the people of Ontario would want to know who was responsible.”

Saultonline.com will have more on this developing story at a later date.

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  1. let us start flooding his phones and emails and Twitter, explain why he supports,,, no to paid sick leave … no to raising min. wage. yes to reduce funding for Flu immunizations ..yes reducing health care in Sudbury funding and support,, where all our cancer patients have to go ..no to train for the north .. no to train to Sudbury,, Now he wants to waste his time on an investigation of the previous government to look for dirt but paid by us,,, aa previous government where Ontario residents have already judge by reducing their seats to 7 ..we have judged. if you find something you can’t reverse it,, so what’s the point but can fix it but you don’t have plans for that ..we will see this winter when we pay for our heat,, let us see how much savings you have produced. boy the dollar beer promise is really being felt by the voters that voted for it .. since that’s why they have to cut on our services to cover the loss of taxes which they are doing now .. Ross isnt going to increase funding for affordable homes here in the Soo .. so our situation wont change .. there will be no new jobs produce like it hasn’t since the MDF plant which isn’t creating more jobs since they closed St Marys Paper at that time,, so another four years of cuts and nothing else for the North .. that is because the NORTH has 11 seats in the house of 125 .. so not much initiative . how about adding more seats and reducing the southern seats so we can have stronger say where money is spent on. first you can change the seat from Muskoka back to southern Ontario ..its not the north,, that’s where all our road money is going to build the four-lane.

  2. Frank Fata was Romanos biggest supporter during the election campaign. I wonder how he feels about his golden boy now. Ford is just gearing up for many job cuts to come. Romano will hide in Toronto rather than face the scrutiny of local voters. He will say and do as Ford tells him. He is a follower…not a leader.

  3. How about an investigation into where are paid sick days and fair wages are disappearing to?

    I would take any lib over Ford…Rips off his own family so what chance do the rest of us Ontario residents have?

  4. When is Ross Romano going to make himself available to talk to media in the Sault about the various actions being taken by his government? I see a lot of press releases and photo ops but no actual face-to-face interviews with local media. When is Ross Romano going to start responding to letters and emails from his constituents? He seems to be spending a lot of time posting Doug Ford propaganda on his Facebook page but doesn’t respond when questions are asked. This seems to be the Ontario PC communication strategy across the province: Don’t speak to local media. Don’t respond to local constituents. Just keep re-posting Doug Ford videos and press releases. Do this for 4 more years and you will be re-elected. Are we really that stupid?

  5. How is this respect for the taxpayer and our money? The Auditor general has already done this, now Doug wants to start a make work project to waste even more of our money to prove what we already know.

  6. As a concerned (but not Conservative) resident of Ontario, I’m very glad that this is going to happen. I hope that it’s fair and impartial, but there are a large number of irregularities that occurred.

  7. The Liberals have no money for any repayments needed. Forget the past and put energy into the problems of today. What will this INVESTIGATION cost?

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