MPP Rudy Cuzzetto Appointed Parliamentary AssistantPublished on June 26, 2019
Today, Premier Doug Ford announced the Parliamentary Assistants that will hold special responsibilities as part of the Ontario Government, including Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, as the new Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board (Internal Audit)
MISSISSAUGA — MPP Cuzzetto is excited to take on a new role as Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy, and to work with Parliamentary Assistant Michael Parsa.
After 15 years of fiscal mismanagement, Ontario has the highest sub-national debt of any jurisdiction in the world, with over $1 billion spent every month just to pay interest on this debt, and every dollar spent taken from critical front-line services.
Ontario's new Government for the People is keeping its promise to achieve the best value for every taxpayer dollar spent. Ontario's new Audit and Accountability Committee, which directs internal audit services to priority areas, and provides more scrutiny and discipline throughout the fiscal process, is the only one of its kind in Canada.
"Since the last election one year ago, our government has been working hard to restore accountability and transparency to our finances," said Cuzzetto, "and to ensure the deficit is brought under control in a way that protects our core government services, including health care and education."
"I'm excited to join the team at the Treasury Board Secretariat to assist with this important work, and to help ensure that Ontarians receive the best value for their money."
The Auditor General recently exposed a significant lack of oversight and soft-on-compliance approaches that became customary under the previous government, including:
- Ontario Works saw an inadequate review of files by caseworkers, increasing the risk of errors. As well, 76 per cent of the $730 million in outstanding overpayments relate to people who are no longer receiving Ontario Works.
- Metrolinx incurred over $400 million in sunk and additional costs between 2009 and 2018 due to transit planning problems.
- Waterfront Toronto had several funding and cost-effective issues, including $49 million spent on cancelled projects, and governments redirecting $700 million (approximately 47 per cent) of their original $1.5 billion in funding, signalling a need for strengthened accountability and oversight at Waterfront Toronto to ensure taxpayers get good value, and privacy legislation is followed to the letter.
- The Technical Standards and Safety Authority had oversight processes that were not effective in ensuring public safety, nor had they fulfilled their legal responsibilities.
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