After our first week in the Leg, we sat down with another newcomer to the Queen’s Park landscape – Financial Accountability Officer, Stephen LeClair.
The position of Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) was created in 2013 to provide independent analysis on the state of Ontario’s finances and trends in the economy related to the Legislature. The FAO can also undertake research to estimate financial costs or benefits of bills or proposals in the Legislature.
Appointed in February 2015, Mr. LeClair has been working hard over the past year and a half building both a reputation and an office. Mr. LeClair took on the challenge of developing the Financial Accountability Office from the ground up; choosing an office space, hiring staff, setting guidelines for the work put out by the Office and developing the foundations for its growth.
In his work, Mr. LeClair strives to uphold the standards of neutrality and non-partisanship, an important lesson to share with us as we prepare for our work in offices on each side of the Chamber.