Health Minister withholds eHealth documents demanded by MPPs

September 19, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris demanded that Health Minister Deb Matthews immediately comply with a motion passed by the Estimates Committee two months ago, ordering the Minister to release all documents relating to eHealth contracts, expenses, invoices and correspondence over the last three years.

Instead of being transparent with the Ontario public, the Health Minister made excuses in Question Period today about why she can’t disclose this critical information on the Liberal government’s botched eHealth program, which now has a tab of more than $2 billion.

“The Energy Minister has already shown that he’s willing to risk being found in contempt of the Legislature, just to stop the release of documents relating to the Liberals’ seat-saver decision to cancel the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants,” Harris said. “I hope the Health Minister isn’t also willing to risk being found in contempt of Parliament and, instead, will do the right thing by releasing all eHealth documents that the Estimates Committee requested.”

On July 19, Harris moved a motion calling on the Health Minister to disclose eHealth documents from 2009 to 2012 no later than Aug. 29, 2012.

“But here we are two months after the motion was passed and nearly a month after the deadline given to the Minster, and we still don’t have the documents,” Harris said.

The Estimates Committee Clerk sent a follow-up letter on Aug. 30 to remind the Minister about her obligation to comply with the motion, but the Minister of Health has still not sent a response.

“Not only has the Health Minister chosen to defy the will of the committee, she’s also decided to ignore the clerk,” Harris said. “Clearly, there’s a pattern emerging here. Time and again, we’ve seen the Liberal government withhold critical information from Ontarians that would expose billions of waste, mismanagement and incompetence.”