The provincial Liberals are safeguarding the decision to continue running publicly funded commercials that are endorsing an agreement to strengthen the Canada Pension Plan.
Ontario’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has stated that she has decided to run the ad under the new rules, but would not have done so under the previous rules.
However, the Liberals made the change in 2015 and Lysyk indicates that the new rules expel her from being responsible to embargo the ads that she feels are somewhat biased.
The commercial is being advertised on radio and the message says:
“Ontario has been working to help close the retirement savings gap and the improved CPP would help close the gap and strengthen retirement security for working Canadians.”
Lysyk adds that this ad is more “self-congratulatory” than descriptive for residents across the province and that the subject matter pertains more towards federal jurisdiction, which is not a done deal at this point.
The agreement-in-principle has yet to be ratified after it was deferred in July when British Columbia decided not to sign by the deadline due to a request for more public information.