Statement from MPP Lisa Thompson on the Charges Laid Against Former OTS Executives
The following is a statement from Ontario PC Critic for Environment and Cap-and-Trade Lisa Thompson on the recent charges laid against two former Executives from Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS).
“The charges laid yesterday against two former Ontario Tire Stewardship executives for the alleged theft of $550,000 eco-tax dollars is yet another troubling chapter in the Liberals’ mismanagement of taxpayer dollars.
“For four years, I have been calling for an end to eco-taxes in Ontario. When the opportunity presented itself this past year with the Waste Free Ontario Act, I once again called on this government to wind up its eco-tax programs. Minister Murray still has not taken action on this, despite multiple promises to do so. In the meantime, under his leadership, Ontarians continue to pay money to an organization that defies oversight and accountability.
“The legislation allows an administrator to be appointed for the purpose of winding up the organization or where funds have been improperly used. The Minister has committed previously to shutting down OTS, yet has failed to take action. Given yesterday’s charges relating to the misuse of taxpayer funds, I urge the Minister to begin this process immediately.”