In an attempt to add a little background information and bring our readers behind the curtain at Queen's Park, QP Briefing is trying out a new podcast, The QP Briefing Podcast. In our first-ever episode, reporters Geoff Zochodne, Jessica Smith Cross and Sabrina Nanji discuss the release of Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk's 2016 annual report, as well as the passage of a bill that will ban corporate and union donations to Ontario's political parties.
Note: Apropos of the "upside-down" bridge we mention, Metrolinx disagrees with the auditor's report, and told the Toronto Star that "the issue was not with a truss but an incorrectly installed beam for metal cladding which could not be mounted." A refusal to correct this "misalignment" contributed to a decision to terminate a second contract with the company, Metrolinx said.
The other background stories:
- Corn roasts are toast: MPPs pass bill to ban political fundraising events
- The origin of "hamster or poutine?"
- AG Report 2016: Supportive housing in disarray, bottleneck blocks mental health hospital beds
- AG Report 2016: Patients waiting too long for beds and surgeries
- AG Report 2016: Ad rule change enabled Liberals to spend millions of taxpayers’ dollars on self-love
- Hydro One gives auditor general the high hat over smart meters
The soundbites between segments are of (in order) PC Leader Patrick Brown, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews.