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"There's no question there's probably tens of millions of dollars that we didn't get value for money for," McCarter said.
"I want you to know that we will act on the auditor's recommendations," he said.
loss, McCarter's report found. About $210 million in assets bought with ministry funds were then transferred to companies that were beyond the government's control.
Ornge's former managers and directors refused to give him records related to subsidiaries that weren't directly funded by the province, including who the shareholders were, how much senior management was being paid, and details about the millions of dollars it paid to a law firm that provided advice on its business deals.
McGuinty thanked McCarter for his report and promised government action.
Obtaining any information from Ornge was like "pulling teeth" and there was a "real culture of fear and intimidation" among paramedics and other lower level staff not to step out of line, he said.
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TORONTO Premier Dalton McGuinty says he's "concerned" by allegations of questionable business practices at Ontario's air ambulance service.
Government funding to Ornge rose 20 per cent in its first four years of operation, even though the number of patients transported by air fell during that period, he said.
"If the OPP find that public money has been misappropriated, be assured, we will take all necessary steps to recover those Nike Sports Tracksuit funds," McGuinty said.
McCarter also raised concerns about patient safety, saying Ornge's method for measuring response time made it difficult to assess whether it was living up to its obligations. Ornge measured it as the time elapsed between receiving full patient information from the caller and when it told the caller potential timing for sending an air ambulance, rather Nike Sweatshirt Zip Up
"Hence that's why we went to the ministry and said to the watchdog, this doesn't pass the smell test."
McCarter found a "number of examples of questionable business practices" at Ornge, which has been mired in controversy for months over high salaries and allegations that public dollars may have been used for personal gain.
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Ornge is already under a criminal probe for "financial irregularities" a huge embarrassment for the minority Liberals.
Many of these for profit and not for profit subsidiaries provided most of the air ambulance and administrative services, then billed Ornge for the cost. But under the agreement it signed with the government of which the ministry should have been "much more skeptical" the province had no right to access any of the records.
The paper trail stops there, McCarter said.
McCarter's report called Ornge "a textbook example of what happens when the government doesn't get the information it needs to properly do its job."
And McGuinty said if an Ontario Provincial Police investigation finds public funds have been misused, the government "will take all steps necessary to recover those funds."
said Ornge received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars but the governing Liberals failed to sufficiently monitor the agency as it used the money to make questionable business deals.
730M but didn't oversee agency
than the time between getting a call and delivering the service.
Ornge's corporate structure was so complicated, even its lawyers who were paid with the borrowed funds that the province will now have to repay couldn't explain how it worked, McCarter said. And there may be more Ornge subsidiaries that haven't been found yet.
Ornge told the health ministry early last year that it planned to create a web of subsidiaries, he said. But the government didn't look into the arrangement, even though it knew some of the companies would be directly involved in delivering services but would be outside of ministry oversight, the report found.
McCarter's report only added to their troubles, showing that on top of the $730 million the air ambulance service received from the government over five years, it also borrowed almost $300 million with the province's blessing in 2009.
Ornge also used public dollars to repay the debt, for which taxpayers are still on the hook, McCarter said.
"So what began in 2006 as a not for profit company providing ambulance services became a mini conglomerate that created a number of non profit and for profit spin off companies," McCarter said.
"Of particular concern to us was the fact that certain of these companies were owned by Ornge's president, members of the senior management team and the board of directors."
"We saw the appearance of possible self interest that we questioned whether was appropriate," McCarter said.
Ornge's top five senior executives received $2.5 million in 2010, which wasn't disclosed to the public. The board chairman received over $200,000, excluding expenses, McCarter told a news conference. Some of it came from the borrowed funds, the report said.
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