TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty was on the defensive today even before the first question period of the fall legislative session, announcing clearer expense rules for provincial agencies.
Under attack over unacceptable expense claims at eHealth, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. and other agencies, the Liberals boiled 25 pages of rules down to just two.
McGuinty says they aren't new rules, just a clarification for all 80,000 Ontario civil servants, and the 80,000 people at arm's-length agencies, boards and commissions.
He says the clarification “will make it easier for everyone to know the rules and harder for anyone to break the rules.”
There will also be mandatory, computer-based training on expense rules for all provincial employees and those at the 22 largest agencies.
The opposition parties say they still want Health Minister David Caplan's resignation because of the expense abuses and $16 million in untendered contracts awarded by eHealth Ontario.