Ex-Ornge CEO refuses to testify for second time
Published Friday, July 27, 2012 7:13PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, July 28, 2012 12:18AM EDT
Former Ornge air ambulance CEO Dr. Chris Mazza is refusing a call to appear before an Ontario legislative committee for a second time.
Mazza already appeared before the committee once on July 18, where he was grilled on his $1.4-million annual compensation and an alleged kickback scheme with an Italian helicopter firm.
But, that appearance came only after weeks of requests and finally two Speaker’s warrants, which required Mazza to appear by law.
After his July 18 appearance, MPPs said they had more questions for Mazza, and asked him to come back when the committee met again, on July 31, August 1 or August 2.
Mazza’s lawyer confirmed on Friday that his client will not comply with that request.
Mazza’s lawyer continues to argue that his client is medically unfit to testify before the committee, saying he is both physically and mentally unwell.
Since MPPs aren’t sitting, the Speaker cannot issue another warrant ordering Mazza to testify until the fall session resumes.
With files from CTV Toronto’s Paul Bliss