Greens call for Ombuds oversight of MUSH sector

Queen’s Park – GPO leader Mike Schreiner is calling on the government to expand Ombudsman oversight to the Municipal, University, Schools and Hospital (MUSH) sector to increase government transparency and accountability.

“The ORNGE scandal is a stark reminder of how important oversight and accountability is, especially when government delegates public service delivery to private players,” says Schreiner.

Ombudsman André Marin’s annual report shows the essential role the Ombudsman’s Office plays in providing oversight and accountability of government operations and administration. Ontario is the only province that does not allow for Ombuds oversight of any part of the MUSH sector.

Last year the Ombudsman’s office turned away over 2,500 complaints regarding Municipalities, Universities, School boards and Hospitals (as well as long-term care homes, children’s aid societies, and police). Although Mr. Marin has called for oversight of non-governmental organizations providing public services, the McGuinty government has taken no action.

“The Liberals have failed to provide independent oversight and accountability of all government services,” says Schreiner. “The Liberal’s privatization agenda will further erode transparency and accountability without Ombuds oversight. Look no further than ORNGE for the possible results.”