Buck must stop with McGuinty in lottery scandal

    This is about Dalton McGuinty's complete lack of leadership, Tory says

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 24 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John
Tory today said using Duncan Brown as "the fall guy" is a weak excuse for the
complete lack of leadership by Dalton McGuinty and his government on the
scandal surrounding Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG).
    "This is about leadership and how Dalton McGuinty is running the
province. This is a multi-billion-dollar organization that is out of control,"
said Tory, pointing out that the OLG recently spent an amazing $6 million just
to drop the "C" from its old OLGC logo. "One fall guy doesn't cut it. It's
time for some real leadership in this province and for Dalton McGuinty to stop
his usual 'don't worry be happy' approach. This is a major scandal and we owe
it to the ticket buying public to get to the bottom of it."
    Tory and the PC Caucus have been pressing Dalton McGuinty for months to
be accountable for the situation at OLG. The McGuinty Liberals refused to
order an outside investigation into the OLG, and were content with the
organization investigating itself. Since the Ombudsman announced his
investigation, Dalton McGuinty has refused Tory's calls for a much broader
forensic investigation into the activities and integrity of the OLG.
    Tory also questioned the manner in which Brown's departure was handled.
"Apparently Mr. McGuinty decided to axe Duncan Brown on Wednesday but tried to
cover it up. That wouldn't be allowed in any other business and it just makes
you wonder what else they're trying to hide. We will be insisting full details
of Mr. Brown's publicly-financed severance package be revealed immediately."
    Tory added: "The integrity of Ontario's lottery system is in shambles and
Dalton McGuinty has let that happen. Getting rid of the head of OLG on the eve
of the Ombudsman's report is little more than scapegoating - it's not a real
commitment to fixing the problem."

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