A local MPP is asking that the auditor general get involved in determining where money that’s used to improve hunting and angling in the province has gone.
Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek says a local group had requested money from the Fish and Wildlife Special Purpose Account to study deer populations. Instead, they were told that there was no money in the fund.
“Through freedom of information, we received information regarding expenditures from 2011-12, and on the list was the sale and purchase of a house for $69,000 and medical services from psychologists for $55,000, which, we’re not sure how that correlates with improving hunting opportunities in the province.”
Yurek says that when he pressed the province for more information, but was denied.
“In addition, in the freedom of information (request), we asked for local spending and how that is done through the special purpose account, and we were told that no records exist which is against the financial administration act in Ontario, which states that all special purpose accounts must be receipted.”
The money that goes into the special purpose account comes from hunting and fishing licenses, fines, and royalties.
Yurek has asked that the auditor general find out how the money is being spent, and submitted a request this week.
An investigation, if necessary, will likely take a few months.