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Duly Quoted: Fiona Crean, on Expanded Powers for the Provincial Ombudsman

Toronto's ombudsman says proposed legislation for the Ontario ombudsman is "bad law."

“The Government now wishes to have one ombudsman second guessing another. This is the beginning of ombudsman shopping and again this flies in the face of a legislated ombudsman being an office of last resort. This is poorly conceived and it is obvious the professionals in the field were not consulted…This is bad law that will hurt the residents of the City of Toronto.”

-Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean, responding to proposed legislation that would expand the role of the provincial ombudsman. In a statement released today [PDF], Crean objects in particular to the duplication of resources, as citizens could appeal any case decided by the Toronto ombudsman to the provincial ombudsman. She also argues this could undermine the credibility of the Toronto ombudsman, and create unnecessary confusion and red tape for residents.


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    You can’t spell Ombudsman without O-M-B.

  • Matt Patterson

    Isn’t the ombudsman like a less formal judge? If so, having a hierarchy of courts is the norm. I don’t see why it would be so bad to appeal the decision of a local ombudsman at the provincial level. Is Crean also going to argue that the Ontario Court of Appeals is “red tape run amuck” and “confusing for the public”?

    • dsmithhfx

      The ombudsman is toothless. When politicians are shameless, that’s the problem.

  • WalterBannon

    Who care what Fiona Crean thinks. She is a terrible Ombudsman and displays NO CONCERN when you file complaints with her – she is just some toady of David Miller’s who was hired to live off the gravy train and to bury any public complaints about council.