Kramer's mock resignation not acceptable
QUEEN'S PARK, June 7 /CNW/ - PC Opposition Leader Bob Runciman (MPP
Leeds-Grenville) said today that the alleged resignation of eHealth Ontario
CEO Sarah Kramer does not signal the end of the McGuinty Liberal
accountability required to justify numerous acts of flagrant misuse and abuse
of taxpayers' dollars at eHealth Ontario.
"A so-called resignation on a Sunday afternoon that is clearly designed
to avoid public scrutiny is simply not acceptable," said Runciman. "The buck
stops with Health Minister Caplan. He needs to quit now, and stop taking the
easy way out by assuming he's off the hook with Ms. Kramer gone. If he won't
leave on his own, the Premier should show him the door."
PC Health Critic Elizabeth Witmer noted that Caplan had months to clean
up the financial mess when the Ontario PC Caucus first uncovered similar
misspending practices at eHealth Ontario's predecessor, the Smart Systems for
Health Agency (SSHA).
"When we first brought this issue to Minister Caplan's attention, he
chose to look the other way and stealthily attempt to cover it up by quietly
disbanding the SSHA and setting up eHealth Ontario in its place," said Witmer.
"Now, the scandal has finally engulfed him."
Runciman pointed out that the cloud of scandal followed Minister Caplan
from his previous Ministry, at which he was responsible for overseeing the
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the agency where the well-publicized
insider lottery winnings were investigated.
"This is far from over," added Runciman. "In these especially tough
economic times, when taxpayers don't get value for their hard-earned money, it
should be paid back. We expect the Minister to reveal TODAY the exact amount
of Ms. Kramer's compensation package, and whether or not she has been asked to
pay back any of her lucrative salary, hefty bonus, and extravagant expenses.
If he doesn't have that basic information readily available, it's even more
reason for him to quit. His only way out now should be out the door."
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