BRAMPTON, ON - Transparency, Openness, and Fairness – these are the three commitments I made to the residents of Brampton when I was elected as Mayor. Today, I thank the Ombudsman for his report. His findings reinforce those commitments, and provide clear recommendations on furthering transparency and accountability at the City.
Under my administration, the City has taken numerous proactive steps to strengthen our procurement practices following past procurements of concern. The Ombudsman report acknowledges the City’s ongoing reorganization and suggests we have a unique opportunity to continue to strengthen the structure of the city’s audit function and to enhance its effectiveness, independence, and impartiality.
The City of Brampton’s past is filled with controversy, leading many residents to lose trust in the City. I am therefore supportive of the Ombudsman’s recommendation in establishing a permanent, independent Auditor General to provide external oversight of the City. I believe financial accountability and transparency are critical to inspiring public confidence in local government - as well as ensuring the public trusts the City to act fairly, openly, and transparently.
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Jaskaran Singh Sandhu
Press Secretary, Office of the Mayor
City of Brampton
905.874.2000 ext. 47005 | email@example.com