Hudak demands inquiry into gas plant scandal priority

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak called for a judicial inquiry into the billion dollar gas...

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak called for a judicial inquiry into the billion dollar gas plant scandal in Ottawa On. Thursday May 22, 2014. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

Jon Willing, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

OTTAWA — A judicial inquiry into the gas plant scandal is "near the top of the list" when it comes to priorities for Ottawa residents, according to PC Leader Tim Hudak.

"If we want to get jobs back to our province, if we want to restore faith in taxpayers that their dollars are going where they're supposed to, like good home care, emergency rooms, the classroom, they need to know those dollars have been used the public interest, not for personal political interest," Hudak said Thursday morning in downtown Ottawa.

However, Hudak still didn't have an answer to how much a judicial inquiry would cost.

"Here's the argument I'll make: It's far more expensive not to get answers," he said.

The Liberals' billion-dollar gas plant cancellations in Mississauga and Oakville ahead of the 2011 election is already subject to an OPP investigation and has been under examination by a legislative committee.

"I bet you if you ask Ottawa residents, they say the Gomery commission was worth every penny and what we need right now to send a powerful signal that this gas plant scandal abuse is not on the province of Ontario, we need a Justice Gomery of our own," Hudak said.

The Gomery commission — headed by retired Justice John Gomery — looked into corruption in the federal government over sponsorship spending.

"The lesson of Gomery is we need it for the gas plant scandal," Hudak said.

The Gomery commission, which wrapped up in 2006, had a budget of about $30 million but the final costs were said to be much higher.


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