Secret letters detail Ford government efforts to control Ontario's supposedly arm's-length transit agency - 2020-07-15
Months after taking office in 2018, the Ontario PC government issued a written directive to Metrolinx prohibiting the supposedly arm's-length transit agency from communicating with the public about key issues without ministry approval.
The letter was one of nine confidential ministerial directives sent to Metrolinx over the first 21 months of the Progressive Conservatives' mandate. In them, the provincial government also gave direction to the agency about expensive and politically charged projects like a new Woodbine GO station, Toronto subways and the Hurontario LRT.
Experts and the official opposition say the letters, which have not previously been made public but were obtained by the Star through a freedom of information request, raise concerns the Doug Ford PCs are increasingly treating the powerful organization as an arm of government while presenting its decisions as independent.