Taxpayers Federation calls on Ontario government to take action based on Auditor General’s report | 12/7/2017 | Canadian Taxpayers Federation
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TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the government to take immediate action based on the findings of the 2017 Annual Report by the Auditor General of Ontario.

The report revealed that Ontario electricity ratepayers paid $260 million for power generators’ ineligible expenses, for things like scuba gear, staff car washes, landscaping and racoon traps. The Auditor General also found that the Independent Electricity System Operator hasn’t implemented repeated recommendations from the Ontario Energy Board, which could save ratepayers $30 million a year.

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“The Auditor General has found obvious and egregious waste in the electricity sector in Ontario, and it’s time for the government to act on it. If it’s possible to save ratepayers money today, it’s shameful that the government hasn’t done anything about it yet,” said Christine Van Geyn, Ontario Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “What we need from the government is real cost savings on electricity, not election gimmicks that kick the debt can down the road.”

The Auditor General also found that there are 812 provincially owned buildings sitting vacant, and costing taxpayers $19 million each year to...
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