Orangeville, ON — Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner, released the following statement in response to former OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair’s request for a public inquiry:
“I support the call for a public inquiry into the public appointments process.
Brad Blair’s abrupt dismissal earlier this year was deeply concerning. Even the appearance of improper interference by the Premier’s office in firing a whistleblower undermines public trust.
And we know that the existing appointment process is flawed beyond just this one instance.
The Ford government has only committed to reviewing the appointments process internally, behind closed doors, away from the public eye.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant. A public inquiry would shed light on what happened, and enable the government to move forward with changes to improve the appointments system to ensure fairness and accountability.”
QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement following the release of Integrity Commissioner J. David Wake’s report regarding Premier Doug Ford:
“I want to thank the Integrity Commissioner for conducting a thorough investigation; an investigation that validates my position that the hiring process for the OPP Commissioner was deeply flawed.
The separation of political interference from the police is a fundamental principle of our democracy. It separates us from countries where corrupt leaders use the police to do their dirty work.
Just today, the Premier threatened to go to the OPP against the opposition. How would it look if the Premier’s close family friend had to make the call on whether to answer the Premier’s request for an investigation?
It’s obvious to everyone but the Premier that it is wrong for him to hire a family friend to lead the OPP.
It is wrong for the Premier to pick and choose which parts of this report he likes.
We need MPPs from all parties to work on legislation to implement the Commissioner’s recommendations to fix the flawed process that led to this scandal in the first place.”
GPO leader and Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner made the following statement regarding changes to autism services in Ontario:
“23,000 kids on waitlist for autism services is unacceptable and a clear sign that the system is broken. System change and additional investments are needed to get kids the autism therapy they need.
Although it is good to hear that the government will provide new funding for diagnostic centres to address the initial diagnostic wait list challenge, I’m worried that today’s announcement will not be a permanent solution to the waitlist challenges families face.
Clearing the waitlist backlog will require investments to ensure service providers are available for parents to access. A lack of service providers and options is a concern with our existing system. It’s unclear how the government is proposing to address this.
We need a balanced approach with parent choice and investments in the infrastructure and service providers that families rely on for care.
We also need to recognize that the $140,000 per child could run out as quickly as within two years, for children undergoing intensive treatment, leaving families in a very tough place.
Today’s announcement is a start, but I encourage the government to work with families, service providers, experts and opposition parties to develop a comprehensive reform plan.”
Our party is funded by grassroots supporters like you chipping in what they can, when they can.