Ontario’s ombud deserves support

Posted: June 25, 2007 in Caledonia, Corruption, Election 2007, FantinoGate, Headlines, Liberals, McGuinty, OPP

Andre Marin, the provincial ombud, has raised a tough question that Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government should answer.

He has accused the government of ignoring his office, setting up outsiders to investigate problems that really should be on the ombud’s agenda.

Marin, who did fine work earlier this year in exposing problems in the Ontario lottery organization was specifically concerned about Community Safety Minister Monte Kwinter’s decision to hire an outside lawyer to look into whether Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino breached the Police Services Act. Fantino wrote an e-mail note to politicians in Caledonia that suggested they were encouraging divisive rallies against the policing of the community, which has been divided by an aboriginal land dispute.

The ombud has suggested the government prefers to use outsiders because by doing so it can maintain better control of the investigation.

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