The Auditor General’s report has been released and Temiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof says the results are rather shocking. He says the report shows the government is spending a lot of money on projects that simply aren’t working. Vanthof says this government has a bad record of starting big programs and not being able to get them done.
The report showed that roads in the province are falling apart well before they should, on the jobs creation side only about half of people who start apprenticeship programs finish them and hospital wait times are up contrary to what the Liberals keep saying.
Vanthof says our government is misleading people to think they are doing a good job. He says on one side we hear the government talking about how they’ve reduced wait times at hospitals, but the findings from the Auditor General’s report show that’s not the case.
Since the last report the government has increased spending on advertising by almost $20-million. Vanthof says while there is a place for government advertising, it should be used to help roll out new programs not mislead residents to try and get additional votes.
The report also showed that places like Quebec and California will likely have more of a benefit from the Cap and Trade program that’s being put into place. Vanthof says this is bad news for residents in Northern Ontario because our costs are already higher. He says in our region the price of gas is higher and people have to spend more money heating their homes during the longer winters.
Vanthof says there’s a possibility this report will make the government reconsider their approaches, but finds it unlikely that anything will change.