YUREK REQUESTS AUDITOR GENERAL AUDIT THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 12, 2016

YUREK REQUESTS AUDITOR GENERAL AUDIT THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT

QUEEN’S PARK – Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London has requested the Auditor General of Ontario to perform a value for money audit of the Fish and Wildlife Special Purpose Account (SPA).

A report was recently obtained by the Aylmer District Stakeholder Committee that showed in 2011/12 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) spent $69,000 to sell, buy and rent housing accommodations and $55,000 on psychologist and other medical services.

In addition, earlier documents from a freedom of information request from the MNRF stated that “records do not exist” for local expenditures of the SPA, which is a direct contradiction to the Financial Administration Act which requires receipts and disbursement to be recorded for all Special Purpose Accounts.

“The lack of accountability and transparency of the Liberal government regarding the Special Purpose Account warrants an audit. I have requested the Auditor General prepare a value of money audit of the fund to bring transparency to the hunters and anglers of the province” stated MPP Yurek

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Media Contact: Whitney McWilliam | P: 226-448-6741 | E: whitney.mcwilliam@pc.ola.org