Wynne's pledge for 'open' government laughable

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s ‘open government’ launch was marred by a typo. (Screengrab)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s ‘open government’ launch was marred by a typo. (Screengrab)

Sue-Ann Levy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

TORONTO - When I heard Premier Kathleen Wynne contend Monday that she wants to create the “open, transparent and accessible government” she thinks Ontarians deserve, I was positively gobsmacked.

Did the preem have an epiphany while enjoying her Thankgiving turkey or some time off from the daily grilling in the legislature last week, I wondered?

But when she told the media she believes “more information rather than less information empowers people,” I said to myself, “Consider me sold on this Open Government initiative, however ironic and absurd it sounds.”

Adding to the absurdity was a glaring spelling mistake — the word “goverment” — on the sign on the podium she stood at.

So what if Wynne feels she needs to reach out — yet again — to “engage” stakeholders with a fancy consultation of several months duration by a team of nine that will cost us at least $63,000 in fees, plus “reasonable expenses?”

Accountability has finally come to Queen’s Park under the Liberal government!

So, feeling “empowered” and positively thirsting for the Liberal regime to “unlock the data” they say will come from this initiative, I asked Wynne and Government Services Minister John Milloy when they were going to release the 3,226 back-up tapes containing 1,233 e-mails the premier may have written about the gas plant scandal.

After all, for us to truly be sure she wasn’t involved in the decision making, I would think Wynne would want to clear the air — especially given this new focus on openness and transparency.


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