Liberals ignored Ornge safety warning: Klees

Frank Klees (QMI AGENCY PHOTO)

Frank Klees (QMI AGENCY PHOTO)

Antonella Artuso, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

The Ontario Liberal government was warned repeatedly of concerns that Ornge air ambulance was putting its patients and staff at risk, outgoing PC MPP Frank Klees says.

The federal Ministry of Labour laid 17 charges Thursday against the air ambulance service alleging failures to properly train and equip its people, leading to the deaths of helicopter pilots Capt. Don Filliter, of Skead, and First Officer Jacques Dupuy, of Otterburn-Park, Que., and paramedics Dustin Dagenais, of Moose Factory and Chris Snowball, of Burlington.

“As the record will show, numerous attempts were made to warn the Minister of Health, Deb Matthews, Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers of the risks at Ornge. They were ignored. I was accused by the Minister of fear-mongering,” Klees said in a statement Saturday.

“These charges speak for themselves.”


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