Beleaguered Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation chairman Paul Godfrey responded to a Toronto Star report that claimed the payroll for OLG staff earning CDM$100,000 a year had tripled to CDM$31 million since 2003.  Godfrey said the number of CDM$100,000-plus earners is unlikely to go down because “it takes money to make money” as the corporation expands to offer Internet gambling in 2012.
 
As the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation rebuilds from a series of scandals, the search for a new ceo will be suspended until top executive jobs are slashed by one-third, said Godfrey.  Streamlining the executive will make it easier to hold senior vice-presidents accountable for improved results. 
 
The search for a new chief executive — to replace what Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak dubbed “musical CEOs” amidst troubles involving expense accounts and suspicious lottery wins — has been “deferred for a short period of time” until the executive ranks have been slimmed, likely to six vice-presidents from nine.
 
“Everything is up for review,” Godfrey said.  Efforts include “major cost controls” and a detailed look at outsourcing functions throughout the corporation, such as information technology, to save money and boost profits for taxpayers.