Taxpayers Put up $300,000 to Renovate Premier Kathleen Wynne's Offices
All things considered, was this really the best time for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to approve a $300,000 renovation of her offices?
According to a Toronto Sun Freedom of Information request for information on renovations, office improvements and furniture purchases for the premier’s office since June, 2016, the $297,694.25 renovation was completed a year ago on rooms 6340 and 6522 in the Whitney Block, across from the Queen’s Park legislative building.
The work included repairing and replacing water-damaged subfloors, new carpeting, “remediation of designated substances in the carpet and flooring,” painting, new workstations, replacing window blinds and installing new vinyl flooring in two kitchens.
Sure the Whitney Block is old. It was built in 1926 and is the second oldest building at Queen’s Park next to the legislative building.
But many Ontarians these days are making do with 15-year-old carpets and blinds (the age of those replaced) and old paint.
This while trying to figure out how to pay their electricity bills, which doubled in 10 years under the Liberals, before coming down 25% this summer under Wynne’s “Fair Hydro Plan.”
A plan Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says will cost hydro ratepayers (meaning everyone) almost $40 billion over the next 30 years, including $4 billion more than necessary so the government can keep it from appearing directly on its books.
Meanwhile, Wynne presides over a government that is the most indebted sub-sovereign borrower on earth, which just started hitting Ontarians on Jan. 1 for almost $2 billion a year more, courtesy of Wynne’s cap-and-trade plan.
In politics, symbols matter and a $300,000 renovation in the premier’s office at this time isn’t a good one.
But it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of renovations (final cost not yet determined) that the Wynne government has approved for Ontario government buildings.