Ontario’s Liberal government admits it doesn’t know what the budget is for security and transportation at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Sport Minister Michael Chan ducked opposition questions about the costs of security and transportation during question period, but later told reporters he doesn’t have a final budget number.
Chan was already under fire for admitting the 700-million-dollar cost of the athletes’ village is not included in the 1.4-billion-dollar Pan Am budget.
Progressive Conservative critic Rod Jackson accuses the Liberals of trying to hide the true cost of the games, and says the fact Chan doesn’t know the budget at this point in time “is terrifying.”
Jackson says Chan should step down as minister.
The New Democrats say the Liberals wasted one-billion-dollars cancelling gas plants, and seem ready to spend whatever it will cost for security and transportation at the Pan Am Games.
The final cost of security at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics came in around one-billion dollars, almost five times the original budget.
Chan says he doesn’t want to get into the same position as Vancouver where he would provide a budget figure only to have to revive it four or five times.
The government had to tell officials with the TO2015 Pan Am committee to tighten the rules on expenses after some questionable claims by executives, who are eligible for a total of seven million dollars in bonuses for staying until the games are over.