What an odd situation we have with the office of Ontario’s Ombudsman. On the one hand the office is staffed with about 80 employees who have the responsibility to ensure our tax dollars are spent properly. On the other hand they are not permitted to investigate some key departments. Just what message is our Provincial government sending to us beleaguered tax payers?
Mr. Marin is widely respected for the work of his department but, for some unknown reason, does not have oversight powers in municipalities, school boards, universities, children’s aid societies, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. You have got to be kidding me! Some of the largest spenders of our tax dollars and there is no oversight by the Ombudsman.
Something really stinks here.
It would be one thing if these departments were models of efficiency and transparency but nothing could be further from the truth. So it appears that Ontario’s government wants us to trust that they are spending our money effectively. With all due respect to our politicians, we want our Ombudsman to oversee ALL expenditures.
Those in the know acknowledge that our education system is failing our students, and their potential future employers, while the health care system is a funding black hole. What type of government would allow such a situation to develop and then flourish? Clearly it takes a government that is not in place to serve the tax payers but one that protects and rewards its friends.
Ontario needs a shake-up from top to bottom. It should start with giving the office of Ontario’s Ombudsman the power required to fully perform their function, and it should end with putting in place new leadership like The Parkdale Party.
A very strong case can be made to dramatically increase the size of Mr. Marin’s staff, and power. Any investment in this critical department will pay for itself many times over with increased efficiencies and improvements in the quality of management in our Provincial government.