Former BC premier to lead inquiry into past government spending in Ontario
Ontario Premier Doug Ford applauds following the first Session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario at Queen's Park in Toronto on Thursday, July 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:24AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:32PM EDT
TORONTO -- Ontario's new Progressive Conservative government has appointed a former British Columbia premier to lead an independent inquiry into the previous Liberal government's spending.
Premier Doug Ford says Gordon Campbell will head the Commission of Inquiry, which will issue a public report on its findings by Aug. 30.
Ford also announced that the province is taking bids from outside experts to conduct a line-by-line audit of government books.
He says the inquiry will provide answers on what went wrong with the province's finances, while the audit will shed light on how the government can fix those issues.
The premier has pledged that the Commission of Inquiry would build on the work of the province's auditor general, Bonnie Lysyk, who has suggested the government understated its deficit by billions.
The former Liberal government attributed the discrepancy to an accounting dispute related to calculations surrounding its Fair Hydro Plan and pension expenses.