Conservatives have short memory on OLG



    QUEEN'S PARK, March 27 /CNW/ - Ontario Conservatives have short memories
over their time at the helm of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
    How quickly they forget the Hamilton Spectator report on January 27,
2003:

    "Lottery report 2 years late - The Ontario government finally released
its lottery and gaming corporation's 2000-2001 annual report, nearly two years
after that fiscal year ended, in what critics called a glaring lack of public
accountability. Showing profits of $1.9 billion, the Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corp.'s 2000-2001 report was tabled Jan. 15, just days after The
Canadian Press asked for a copy.
    Government officials at first said the report was not yet public. Every
other lottery and gaming corporation in Canada - B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan,
Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, which
oversees the three other Atlantic provinces - has already issued annual
reports for 2000-2001 and 2001-2002."

    How quickly Conservatives would like to forget that they refused to allow
Legislative Committees to call government agencies to account for their
actions.
    It was the McGuinty Liberals who changed that, and the OLG was one of the
first agencies that were called for public hearings.
    How quickly Conservatives would like to forget that the Ombudsman points
to a corporate culture problem at the OLG dating back to 1999 - in the middle
of the Harris years.
    It is the McGuinty Liberals who are opening doors that Conservatives kept
locked, shining light where none was shone before, and rolling up our sleeves
to work to fix the problems found.
    We can't afford to go back to Conservative days of secrecy and willful
blindness.




For further information:

For further information: Christine McMillan, (416) 325-3670,
cmcmillan@liberal.ola.org


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