Ontario's Government for the People Restoring Trust and Accountability with Release of the Line-by-Line Review
Ontario Newsroom September 25, 2018
After reading the review, it's clear that this is not an "audit" or even a "review" (by CPA definitions) and even acknowledged as such at the beginning of the report. It was performed by consultants, not auditors. There is no "value-for-money" evaluation. There is no "line-by-line" evaluation; it focused on high level spending and leveraged computer programs to analyze "lines of financial account data" to compare against other jurisdictions and total aggregate spending. From press releases such as this one: http://archive.is/WShVn The requested report doesn't "probe the entirety of Kathleen Wynne's fiscal mess" or "follow the money" or "find out who is getting rich off your tax dollars." From video announcements such as these: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-election-2018/ford-says-he-would-order-an-outside-audit-of-government-books-if-elected-1.3889099 and https://globalnews.ca/video/4151819/why-does-doug-ford-want-a-liberal-audit There is nothing about "backroom deals" or "Liberal insiders making millions". There's no breakdown of "every single ministry" here. Nothing about "sole-sourced contracts" or "deals to their buddies" or contracts that "haven't even been bid." From http://archive.is/2YwEK, even the President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, acknowledged that it's "not a forensic audit, not a line by line review" and suggested that people call it a "review" and not an "audit." Ultimately, this "review", and even the RFP for it, doesn't stand up or compare at all against the promise and rhetoric that Doug Ford and the PC Party used during the campaign. As such, this promise is considered "Broken"