In July, Ontario`s Financial accountability officer Stephen LeClair accused the Ontario Liberals of withholding key information he needed to do his job.
He said his office made six information requests of government ministries and agencies in its first year of operation, but received only four partial answers.
On Thursday, Ontario’s Liberal government agreed to stop stonewalling the budget watchdog in attempts to get information.
It`s the second run in the Liberals have had this week with a government watch dog. On Monday, the Liberals clashed with the Auditor General of Ontario over deficit numbers in financial statements from the 2015 budget.
LeClair said ministries withheld revenue and spending numbers claiming they were cabinet records and couldn’t be provided to him unless they had already been made public.
Cabinet has agreed that once financial information and analysis used to make decisions on bills are made public, LeClair’s office will be able to access documents used.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa says granting the financial accountability officer increased access to information ensures he can fulfil his mandate.