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Housing Services Corporation Accountability Act Shut Down

The Housing Services Accountability Act, a private members bill brought to the legislature by Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman has been shut down.

The provincial government has killed a private members bill brought to the legislature by Oxford's Conservative MPP.

MPP Ernie Hardeman says this wasn't too much of a surprise for him.

"I'm obviously very disappointed. It's not unexpected that they would prorogue the house, obviously they are having great difficulties with implementing their policies so with their new shown speech I suppose they are hoping to change directions."

If implemented the bill, known as the Housing Services Corporation Accountability Act, would have allowed housing services providers to purchase services from other suppliers instead of the Housing Services Corporation. The bill would also allow the Auditor General to review the expenses made by the Housing Services Corporation and have their salaries posted on the sunshine list.

Hardeman says he is still going to push the government to do what the bill was going to do.

"The minister can do that by the stroke of a pen, he doesn't need legislation to do it. He can just give the housing services providers the ability to opt out if they wanted to, so they could purchase it where they can get the best deal."

Hardeman is hoping the government will call the bill back for a third reading in the future.

The Housing Services Corporation Accountability Act passed second reading unanimously 16 months ago.

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