Ford government rejects NDP request for committee review of two patronage appointments - 2019-07-02
The Ontario government has declined a request to give a legislative committee more time to question two recent provincial appointees with Progressive Conservative ties, the NDP Opposition says, despite the pledges of transparency amid concerns about patronage.
NDP MPP Marit Stiles says the PC MPPs who sit with her on the legislature's standing committee on government agencies blocked a request last week to extend a 30-day deadline in order to allow two recent PC appointees to appear for questioning.
Scrutiny over government appointments has intensified after Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff, Dean French, resigned amid revelations that posts were given to candidates with links to Mr. French or his family. The Premier's Office rescinded the awarding of two six-figure jobs – including one to a 26-year-old friend of Mr. French's sons – and pledged to review all pending appointments.