A Response from Kathleen Wynne
In April 2015, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released a special report on winter highway maintenance that found contracting out snow clearing and road maintenance has led to more dangerous driving conditions in Ontario.
The report stated that “even though ministry staff, including engineers, raised serious concerns during the procurement process for performance-based contracts that the majority of winning contractors would not be able to meet their winter maintenance commitments because of insufficient equipment, these lowest-price contractors were still awarded contracts.”
Immediately following the report’s release, OSPE sent a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, outlining the ongoing problem of government ignoring the expert advice of engineers while giving preference to political motivations. OSPE also offered the Premier a solution – ensure that an engineering professional is invited to participate and provide technical knowledge for all major initiatives, panels and consultations.
We received the following response from the Ontario Premier’s office earlier this month: