Expanded Ombudsman Oversight

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley (BlackburnNews.com file photo by Melanie Irwin)

Sarnia’s Mayor says there’s need for a new vehicle for citizens concerned about the operation of a municipality.

Mike Bradley supports Bill 8, the new Accountability Act that will give Ontario’s Ombudsman expanded oversight over municipal government, school boards, universities and other public sector bodies.

In hindsight, Mayor Bradley recalls how legal wrangling and a judicial inquiry into the Clearwater land deals cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

There’s opposition to the new legislation from groups like the Association of Municipalities of Ontario that consider it to be heavy handed provincial oversight.