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What exactly is the Ford government trying to hide when it comes to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation? Despite promising to release audits of the goings-on at the provincial gambling monopoly, those documents are now considered secret and other records are being held ransom by the Ford government. Requests submitted through the provincial Freedom of Information system — which is supposed to grant the public access to the workings of government — have been met with outright refusals to release the material or demands of thousands of dollars in search fees. Despite this being a pandemic, this is not small matter — OLG is a major source of revenue for the government. Before COVID restrictions closed casinos and impacted other operations, OLG generated more than $2.3 billion per year for the government, that’s more than the LCBO. Yet there have been problems within the organization for years that need attention and need fixing. It’s why Premier Doug Ford ordered the place audited after reporting from the Sun. “I’ll tell you what we’re doing with OLG, we’re sending an auditing team in there,” Ford said in November 2019.

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