Statement by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport on Niagara Parks Commission
Today Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, issued the following statement:
"In December 2010, our government initiated a forensic investigation into allegations against the Niagara Parks Commission -- largely related to procurement of goods and services, dating back to 1986.
Today a summary report of the forensic investigation has been released to the public and is available on the Niagara Parks Commission's website.
We shared the report with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Niagara Regional Police for consideration in their investigation into alleged improprieties of past procurement of goods and services within the Niagara Parks Commission. The OPP has determined that there is no evidence of any criminal offences committed by anyone within or associated with the Niagara Parks Commission.
In response to the findings of the forensic investigation, the Niagara Parks Commission has made a commitment to continue to improve procedures that support prudent business practices.
I have every confidence that the new leadership of the Niagara Parks Commission will continue to address these findings.
Together with the Niagara Parks Commission, we're modernizing commission operations while building greater public confidence in the agency and its mandate."