Mazza set to testify in Ornge fiasco
May 30, 2012, Toronto - Ousted Ornge CEO Chris Mazza — a key figure in
the scandal that's engulfed the air ambulance service — is expected to
be able to appear before a legislative committee in July.
May 30, 2012 By The Canadian Press
NDP health critic France Gelinas says Mazza is tentatively scheduled to appear July 18.
She says the committee isn't scheduled to sit in July, but a request to
sit that day will be sent to government house leader John Milloy today.
Speaker Dave Levac signed off on a rare speaker's warrant to compel Mazza to appear before the committee.
Mazza's lawyer has said two psychiatrists have declared Mazza unfit to testify.
Tory critic Frank Klees also wants Premier Dalton McGuinty to appear before the committee, but the premier is dismissing those calls.
Klees told McGuinty in the legislature that the public needs to hear from him about the troubled air ambulance service.
But McGuinty would only say that the public should rely on the auditor general's report on Ornge and wait for the results of a police investigation of the organization.
Ontario's auditor general has criticized the Liberals for giving Ornge
$730 million over five years with virtually no oversight of how the money was spent.
The troubled air ambulance service has been mired in controversy for
months over high salaries and allegations that public dollars may have been used for personal gain.
Ornge is also under a criminal probe of financial irregularities that
were discovered after the auditor said he was stonewalled by Ornge during his investigation.