Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bad Couple of Days for Dalton McGuinty

Responding to the latest news of expense account violations by a government corporation, today Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced new fiscal directives for provincial bodies, saying to leaders of the province’s boards, agencies and commissions: “If you fail to abide by the rules, there will be consequences.”

The latest scandal involves the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.  Its president and CEO have been fired and the six-member board has resigned over improper expense claims by senior executives for things like expensive dinners, $7.70 pen refills and $1.12 cloth grocery bags.

So careless of internal controls and apparently financially inept are the province’s more than 600 arm’s-length bodies that they now will be subject to strict new measures and will no longer have final approval over their own expenses.

How pathetic is that? These organizations have dozens of highly paid finance staff yet are apparently unable to control themselves.

Isn’t this just another example why governments should not be involved in anything but the most basic services? When they become involved, corruption and pure incompetence seem to flourish. At least with private enterprise, taxpayers usually do not have to pay for their incompetence.

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  1. Like GM, AIG, goldman sachs, Nortel, and others?

    No taxpayer payout there, eh? I think you should get off your high horse and get involved in government more.

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