“We’re showing you the warts on the city, where there are problems and what we’re doing about it, but that’s a big step forward. In the past, you wouldn’t have seen too much of that.”
– Councillor Allan Hubley, chairman of the audit committee.
Oh come on councillor. You can’t be serious.
Hubley was remarking on the auditor general’s recent report that outlined 16 city employees being fired in 2013-14 for various offences.
And we wouldn’t have heard about warts on the city in the past? Really?
Councillor, did you miss the Orgaworld contract report?
Did you overlook the Ottawa Hydro scandal which resulted in the downfall of the chairman of the city-owned utility? None other than Glen Shortliffe, the former chief clerk of the privy council.
And as for this being a hard-hitting report, all these people were already fired, not the result of the report, but due to the fraud-and waste-hotline. This report shows very little of the warts of city hall. It only appears to.
Councillor Hubley … audit the light rail plan, find out why our bridge construction is late and sometimes the spans are broken or why Waller Street collapsed during light-rail tunneling. Billions of dollars are at stake. These firings and misdeeds are a fraction of the big plans.
And stop telling whoppers about past and present audits.
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