Environment watchdog's advocacy role to be dropped by auditor general - 2019-04-01
TORONTO—As she takes over the responsibilities of Ontario's environment commissioner, the province's auditor general says she will drop the advocacy role the commissioner played.
On Monday, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk formally took over the responsibilities held by the now defunct office of the environment commissioner. Premier Doug Ford's government announced last fall it would close the environment commissioner's office, along with two other independent officers of the legislature. Their responsibilities were rolled into those of the ombudsman and auditor general.
In an interview last week, Lysyk told iPolitics she will continue former environment commissioner Dianne Saxe's work of reporting on Ontario's emission reductions, energy conservation and compliance with the environmental bill of rights, but she will drop the advocacy work that she said Saxe was doing.