Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, the Official Opposition’s lead on the committee investigating the Ornge scandal, confirmed today that the government has refused his request for hearings to continue through the legislature’s summer recess.
In a letter dated June 5, 2013 the Chair of the Committee on Public Accounts, PC MPP Norm Miller, requested that a motion be presented to the House to authorize it to meet for up to 5 days during the summer recess. The request was denied despite a special appeal by Klees to the Speaker.
“This government continues to demonstrate an abhorrent disrespect for the legislative process,” said Klees. “I would have thought that given the recent tragedy at Ornge, the government would want to cooperate with the committee in its fact-finding efforts.”
Klees said he was looking forward to hearing from the witnesses representing Transport Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources to explain the findings of their inspections of the aviation operations of Ornge. He also intended to call witnesses to determine why 12 helicopter pilots resigned from Ornge over the past 12 months.
“The committee hearings would have presented an important opportunity to gain important insight into the aviation operations of Ornge,” said Klees. “It will now be months before we can pursue what could have proven to be valuable insight and provide important guidance on the future direction of Ornge.”