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Wynne accused of turning a 'blind eye' to OPG expenses

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks to premiers from across the country and National Aboriginal Organization leaders during a meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., on July 24, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett

NDP leader Andrea Horwath accused Premier Kathleen Wynne of turning a blind eye to high salaries and bonuses at Ontario Power Generation, and passing the cost on to consumers.

An auditor-general’s report released Tuesday found high salaries, bonuses and pensions at OPG. The company fired three of its executives after the report was released.

“The premier has turned a blind eye,” NDP leader Andrea Horwath said at Queen’s Park on Wednesday.

“People are being tired of stuck with sky-high bills because the Liberals simply can’t be bothered to give a damn.”

Wynne said she was “concerned” by the report and said the Liberals will introduce legislation next year that, if passed, will give the government new powers to control pay levels for public sector executives.

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk stated Tuesday that there’s been an increase of about 60 per cent in the number of highly paid executives and senior management at OPG since 2005, which she says has had an impact on electricity rates.