1.07.19 - “Expand the Auditor General’s authority to include approval of government ads”
The Ontario government announced that it was no longer pursuing an extension of the Auditor General’s powers, instead maintaining the status quo. Therefore, this promise is broken.
“‘We have a great working relationship with the auditor general when it comes to government advertising and are maintaining the status quo at this time,’ Ivana Yelich, a spokeswoman for Premier Doug Ford, said in a statement.”
“In a report tabled Tuesday, interim Auditor General Sylvain Ricard said his office found ‘little evidence’ to suggest that required analysis of the government’s ads was appropriately rigorous, noting the independent arm’s-length agency responsible for reviewing major ad buys ‘did not request information or data’ on statements contained in the messages presented as fact.”
“Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk told the Canadian Press that under the old rules she wouldn’t have approved the anti-carbon tax ads because they are partisan. She said the ad doesn’t have all the facts, it criticizes another government and tries to put the Ford government in a more positive light, the news agency reported.”