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New Ontario Lottery Gaming Corp. CEO has 'huge mess' to clean

By Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

New OLG CEO Stephen Rigby. (Reuters)

New OLG CEO Stephen Rigby. (Reuters)

TORONTO - 

The new CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has “one huge mess” to clean up, according to the NDP’s finance critic.

MPP Catherine Fife says newly-appointed OLG boss Stephen Rigby will have a lot of work to do when he takes the job Jan. 5.

With the government in search of new revenue sources, the rollout of online gambling and dealing with the auditor general’s scathing criticisms of the OLG’s modernization plans, the organization needs help, she said.

“Mr. Rigby is inheriting one huge mess at the OLG,” she said. “It’s well documented. All of this pivots back to the Liberal government. They’re looking for revenue in all the wrong places.”

Rigby is a former national security adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former head of Canada Border Services and also served as associate deputy minister of the foreign affairs department.

Rigby and OLG board chairman Philip Olsson were not made available to media Monday.

When asked for comment, a finance ministry spokesman referred the Toronto Sun to an OLG news release.

“I will be focused on helping to ensure OLG is offering its customers the best possible lottery and gaming entertainment experience for the benefit of the people and the province of Ontario,” Rigby said in the release.

In recent weeks, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s relationship with the federal government appears to have reached a new low. She has publicly criticized Harper for refusing to have a face-to-face meeting with her.

But Fife said she doesn’t think Rigby’s appointment is an attempt to build a bridge with the prime minister’s office.

“I think that level of sophistication is above the Liberal party,” she said. “I think they’re looking to bring someone with credibility to the role.”

Last spring, Ontario auditor general Bonnie Lysyk slammed the OLG’s modernization agenda, saying it was “overly ambitious” and the government had overestimated revenues.

shawn.jeffords@sunmedia.ca

 


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