Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government wants you to believe its horrid treatment of Maureen, a 75-year-old woman who was the victim of a government test program gone awry, is an exception to the rule.
A rare case of “human error”, even if government bureaucrats had the gall to suggest she hire a lawyer to remove an obviously fictitious lien on her van placed by “Fred and Pebbles Flintstone” of “Yellow Brick Road”.
This was when Maureen tried to sell it and learned of the lien.
Thanks to Tory MPP Randy Hillier, we know it took nine months for the government to acknowledge the lien was the result of a government worker erroneously putting the lien on her van — and possibly other vehicles — while testing Ontario’s vehicle registration system.
Given the clearly fictitious names and address on the lien, this should have been resolved in a matter of hours, if not minutes, when the mistake was first brought to the government’s attention.
The larger problem is, this wasn’t an isolated incident.
Former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin, for example, reported after an investigation into Hydro One that after the utility took too much money out of the bank accounts of its customers to pay their hydro bills, it refused to give it back, agreeing only to credit it against future charges.
Former auditor general Jim McCarter revealed the government’s own energy experts told the Liberals they didn’t need to make the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program for wind and solar power developers as financially generous as it was, to meet their environmental goals.
The Liberals did it anyway, costing electricity ratepayers an extra $4.4 billion over 20 years, according to McCarter.
A CBC news investigation found the Liberals’ environment ministry misled people who contacted it to complain about ill health effects from wind turbines — telling them they were the only ones complaining, when hundreds of people were. This even as the same ministry was internally warning the government its noise limits and setbacks were inadequate, hard to monitor and difficult to enforce.
These examples have nothing to do with “human error” which is forgivable when mistakes are quickly admitted and corrected.
This is about a Liberal government that, demonstrably, no longer deserves the public’s trust.
Toronto Sun by Sun Staff
May 11th 2017