Fact Check: Liberals refuse to come clean over cleaning scandal

TORONTO, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberals refuse to come clean or be held accountable for their handling of a scandal involving an elaborate government kickback scheme.

As part of an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police, dozens of public officials were named as allegedly having their homes cleaned for free, including cabinet ministers.

The investigation resulted in the conviction of three public officials for breach of trust and accepting a secret commission, including two officials who worked at the Ministry of Transportation when Kathleen Wynne was minister.

In addition, the OPP has stated publicly that it provided information and a list of names to government and recommended an internal investigation and disciplinary action (Source: http://goo.gl/752TWa). Was there an internal investigation? Will the Liberals release the results? If there was no internal investigation, why not?

The Liberals claimed up until a few days ago that they had no knowledge of the list.

Ministry of Government Services spokesman Ciaran Ganley stated: "We have no knowledge of any list or information provided to the government by the OPP." (Source: http://bit.ly/1oLsaKP)

Now, under pressure to come clean about this cleaning scandal, the Ontario Liberal party has released a statement with previously-unpublished information about the list. Will the Liberals confirm there was an internal investigation? Will they share the results? Why won't the Liberals come clean? Why are they desperately lashing out instead?

It is unfortunate and disturbing that the Ontario Liberal Party issued a statement naming the late Jim Flaherty, in an unconscionable attempt to distract from their record. The fact they released Mr. Flaherty's name while keeping the names of Liberal MPPs confidential is disgraceful.

SOURCE: New Democratic Party of Ontario

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