Frank Klees

Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                                                December 6, 2010

Auditor General Exposes Millions in Infrastructure Waste

(Queen’s Park) Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, the PC Infrastructure Critic today said that Ontario's Infrastructure Ministry failed in its oversight of infrastructure funding and contributed to millions being wasted.

Klees blamed the lack of oversight by the McGuinty government for millions of wasted taxpayers' dollars on municipal infrastructure projects. 

"We had concerns about the approvals process for these projects, but the extent of the mismanagement of billions of dollars of taxpayers dollars exceeds even our worst fears," said Klees after reviewing the Auditor General's Annual Report tabled today.

"The Auditor General's finding that the approvals process for billions in infrastructure funding was seriously flawed is typical of how the McGuinty government conducts its business," said Klees. "For the Auditor General to say that he could find little documentation to demonstrate that the awarding of projects was open, fair, and transparent, or that political considerations did not come into play, is proof that this government has learned nothing from its previous record of scandals.”

The Auditor's report revealed that many project costs were inflated by hundreds of thousands simply due to artificial completion deadlines. Multi-million dollar projects were approved in just a matter of hours, and technical experts were generally not involved in assessing the applications. In many cases, municipalities were forced to pay contractors overtime and sole-source contracts to meet artificial deadlines.

In one case, it cost $620,000 extra to move the completion date for a new $13-million recreational facility up two months to meet the March 31, 2011 deadline.

"The McGuinty government's legacy of waste continues across multiple ministries, agencies and programs." said Klees. "We're grateful to the Auditor General for exposing this government's mismanagement and scandalous abuse of the public trust.”