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Whoever wins the Ontario election is in for a rough ride

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I’d love to hear what Kathleen Wynne has to say about Bonnie Lysyk when no one but her most loyal operatives are around to hear.

I bet Ontario’s premier knows some really harsh words, and I bet she uses them. Lysyk has been a persistent thorn in her side, as have other independent agencies tasked with keeping a nonpartisan eye on government finances and actions. The auditor general, the financial accountability office, the ombudsman — they’ve all issued repeated alerts about the Liberals’ fast and loose approach to practices and regulations that don’t suit them.

The Liberals’ response has been to attack and belittle the very offices set up to keep them honest. When auditor general Lysyk ruled that the government was running promotional ads for itself in the guise of public service announcements, Wynne reduced her vetting powers to a rubber stamp. When Lysyk highlighted problems in an expensive government power project, Wynne’s energy minister at that time, Bob Chiarelli, suggested the poor woman was unable to understand such complex big-boy matters — even though Lysyk previously spent 10 years with Manitoba Hydro.

Wynne is ignoring opposition calls to fire her current energy minister, Glenn Thibeault, over a critical report on the government’s smart meter program and patronizing comments he made about the auditor general.

Undaunted, Lysyk soldiered on, issuing a charge this week that seems finally to have hit home. Just days before an election is to be called, the auditor general delivered a report indicating the government’s budget figures can’t be trusted.........

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