“A Financial Accountability Office will make government accountable and stop scandals before they start,” said Horwath. “New Democrats worked hard to have this office established and we’ll keep working hard to deliver results.”
Horwath said that passage of the Legislation was a result of hard work by New Democrats last Spring to establish a Financial Accountability Office in Ontario based on the federal Parliamentary Budget Office. Horwath said this was contrasted by a move by Conservatives and Liberals to ram through legislation designed to help a single company out of a contract with their union.
“These are the sort of results we can deliver when we focus on the people who elected us. Unfortunately, as we see today, the Liberals and Conservatives seem far more interested in helping well-connected insiders and party donors,” said Horwath. “Our priority is helping people in their daily lives and delivering accountable government, not helping well-connected insiders.”
The Financial Accountability Office will provide independent, forward-looking cost assessments of proposals made by any MPP or the government.
"People are tired of waste, and they want to see some accountability and transparency. While the other two parties have talked a lot about accountability, only New Democrats are doing something about it," said Horwath.