Ontario NDP Finance Critic Calls Out Government on Missing WSIB Financial Statements

Ms. Catherine Fife: My question is to the Acting Premier. Never before has a provincial government released unaudited financial statements. What’s more astonishing is that several sections from these statements were missing, such as the financial statements from the WSIB, the Ontario Clean Water Agency, the OEFC and the former Hydro One Brampton.

Yesterday I asked the Premier to explain why these sections were missing. She could not. During the public accounts committee yesterday, I was repeatedly told by government members that the WSIB statements had been posted, but I checked again this morning. They are still not there. What is the government hiding by withholding the WSIB statements?

Hon. Deborah Matthews: President of the Treasury Board.

Hon. Liz Sandals: I do want to assure the member opposite that the WSIB economic statement for 2016 is available online, as is the 2016 sufficiency plan update. All of the material related to the WSIB will in fact be included when we are able to table the public accounts. I do want to assure the House of that. What I also want to assure the House is that while we are obviously in the process of collecting documents and in the process of having them printed, that all of the finances these various agencies have been accounted for in the financial statements that were made available earlier this week.

The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): Supplementary?

Ms. Catherine Fife: It is my understanding that the chair of the WSIB signed off on the financial statements weeks ago, but they are still not posted.

The statements are complete. The government refuses to publish them. It refuses to explain why there have been growing calls for an Ombudsman investigation of the WSIB by injured workers who say that they were denied benefits that they are entitled to. I raised this yesterday at public accounts. There is great interest in the accountability of the WSIB to the public, and certainly from injured workers.

Why is the Premier withholding the WSIB statements? Publish them now.