UPDATE: Liz Sandals says sorry for comments about GO Train riders
A day after putting her foot in her mouth, talking about salaries and GO Train riders, Treasury Board President Liz Sandals, has apologized.
She was commenting on Thursday about raises for execs at OPG and Metrolinx.
Sandals brushed aside concerns over the optics when she was asked how she thinks the raises look to people sitting on a delayed GO train.
"When you really stop and think of it, most of the people sitting on the GO train probably don't have high-level nuclear qualifications or the business qualifications to run a multi-billion-dollar corporation," she said. "The talent is exceptional to be in those exceptional positions."
Sandals was widely critisized in the news, and on talkshows on NEWSTALK1010.
On Friday, she asked for forgiveness.
"I would like to apologize for my comments yesterday. I am proud to work every day on behalf of Ontarians and have great respect for the people of this province.
In my comments I intended to explain the need to recruit and retain a small number of highly specialized professionals who hold unique qualifications and experience and the connection to the salary expectations of the public. When I did so, I used language that was insensitive and does not reflect my views.
As President of the Treasury Board, I work to make sure that every dollar of public money is well spent. This includes making sure that public sector salaries are decided in a transparent way, with amounts that are seen as fair and reasonable by the public."