Taras Natyshak MPP, Essex

Government of Ontario

Hidden mandate letters show Ford fighting to keep schemes in backrooms

Published on August 21, 2019

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPP Taras Natyshak (Essex) issued the following statement in response to a blog post by Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. In his blog, Beamish outlined why he has ordered the Ford government to comply with an order to release cabinet mandate letters, and reveals that the government is fighting that order:

“Doug Ford is going to mats to keep his schemes hidden away in back rooms. If there was nothing wrong with the plans he ordered his cabinet ministers to execute, he wouldn’t be fighting with the Information and Privacy Commissioner to keep them secret.

Mandate letters should be made public because they lay out the priorities of a government. But Doug Ford doesn’t want you to know what his priorities and plans are, because you won’t like them.”