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Health minister to face questions about Ornge

March 28, 2012, Toronto - Ontario's health minister will face a special committee this afternoon into her handling of the scandal at Ornge, the province's troubled air ambulance service.


March 28, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Deb Matthews has been under opposition fire for weeks for what they consider her lack of action over changes at Ornge that shielded public money from government oversight.

The concerns came up again at the legislature Tuesday, with both parties demanding she be fired for failing to do her job.

The Progressive Conservatives say it took nine months for Matthews to address the issue after they brought it up in the legislature — and that Ornge threatened them with legal action for speaking up about the problems.

Government house leader John Milloy says Matthews will have a chance to discuss her actions when she goes before the committee.

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Ontario's auditor general released a scathing report this month saying the government gave Ornge $700 million over five years with virtually no oversight of how the money was spent.

Several other health officials as well as interim Ornge CEO Ron McKerlie will also speak at the committee.