Government Policies a Bad Deal for Patients, Unemployed and Road Users

November 30, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – The Auditor-General of Ontario released her Annual Report today, bringing to light numerous examples of bad or non-existent value for money delivered to Ontarians by government programs. Among the Auditor-General’s findings were the following:

 

  • Only half of hospital patients were triaged and assigned to a ward within 8 hours; for many, the wait was up to 23 hours
  • One out of four Ontarians requiring urgent surgery had to wait four hours instead of the target maximum of 2
  • Ontario lags behind most developed countries for rates of sepsis and other adverse patient outcomes in hospitals
  • Ministry funding cuts mean hospitals can’t schedule surgeries on evenings or weekends
  • Just over 1/3 of Employment Ontario and Second Career participants found employment at the end of the program
  • The Government provides employment help and training services without relying on labour market data to see where workers are actually needed
  • Cap-and-Trade will cost households $8 billion by 2020
  • Electrical vehicle subsidies did not have an impact on emissions in Ontario
  • Funding to support children’s and youth mental health is allocated without considering the level of services the communities really need
  • The Ministry of Transportation paid to repair cracked roads that should have been under warranty, and rewarded the same contractors with more contracts and bonuses despite knowing asphalt samples were tampered with.

 

“This Government puts Ontarians last” MPP Jim McDonell stated. “Households have seen their cost of living rise exponentially, the Government’s tax and fee take has more than doubled since 2003, yet whichever government services we look at, we see cuts and mismanagement. Twenty-three hour hospital waits, two-thirds unemployment after a re-training program and bonuses for tampering with asphalt samples point not to isolated problems, but to an attitude of waste, cuts and spin that has infected this Government to the core. I commend the Auditor-General on her perseverance and insight. Premier Wynne needs to hear Ontarians’ cry for help, they cannot afford or tolerate her Liberal government’s waste and mismanagement”