NDP calls for health minister to answer questions on Ornge
Ontario Minister of Health Deb Matthews listens to questions from the media following a press conference regarding the state of ORNGE helicopter transport services in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (The Canadian Press/Pawel Dwulit)
Published Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:30PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:31PM EDT
TORONTO - The New Democrats say they want the health minister to come back for questioning by a legislative committee that's probing Ornge.
They say ex-CEO Chris Mazza's testimony flies in the face of Deb Matthews's claim that she took action at Ornge, which is also under a criminal probe.
Mazza said Wednesday that the ministry was fully briefed and supported Ornge's efforts to build a web of for-profit companies that made questionable business decisions.
That contradicts the government's claims that the troubled air ambulance service had gone rogue.
NDP critic France Gelinas says it's more evidence that the minister's office had numerous opportunities to rein in Ornge, but failed to act.
She says Matthews must explain why she never took briefings from Ornge and how she can claim she didn't know what was going on there.