Dear Ms. Wynne,
I am very happy to hear that you intend to provide Ontario citizens with more access to information and finally give us open and transparent government.
This is a great initiative and I fully support you on this. It is also long overdue.
As you know, in 2012 Mr. Mcguinty quietly excluded the costs of all abortion services from the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FIPPA). I learned this when my last access to information request on abortion services to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care was denied. Previous requests had all been granted.
As you probably also know, this was the only medical service in Ontario to be excluded from FIPPA, which is very odd indeed. Why would Mr. McGuinty exclude abortion services, but not heart operations or hip replacement surgery? We have no idea because he never told us why.
We do know that it had nothing to do with privacy concerns, because the data I was asking for didn't include any private information on patients, hospitals or doctors. I only wanted totals of procedures done and dollars spent. So this has been a real mystery to all Ontarions who believe open and transparent is a good thing.
Spending our tax dollars in secret isn't a very transparent business model. I'm sure you will agree.
Considering that in 2010 Ontario paid between $30 and 50 million for abortions, un-hiding this information would go a long way towards achieving the fiscal responsibility you are looking for.
Can you please tell me if your plans for open and transparent government will include the lifting of the secret curtain on abortion services in Ontario?
I look forward to hearing back from you soon.