The Ontario government will put in place new rules that clearly define the roles and responsibilities of political staff in all future commercial transactions.
Through a Premier's memo delivered to ministers earlier today, a new formal directive will be created and implemented to provide clear distinctions between the advisory role of political staff and the responsibilities of civil servants when negotiating contracts with third parties.
The new rules build upon existing processes and procedures in place for interactions with third parties doing business with the government. They also respond to public expectations that decisions on commercial contracts will be made in a manner that optimizes value and serves the best interests of the people of Ontario.
The new rules recognize that negotiations on commercial contracts must be conducted through appropriate and approved methods. They will clearly define the appropriate points of contact on any issues related to a commercial contract.
We continue to fulfil our commitment to make positive changes for the future of Ontario and implement our economic plan that invests in people, in infrastructure and in a dynamic and innovative business environment. Under these new rules, we can be confident that we will get the best deal for Ontario, and that everyone involved knows their roles and responsibilities.