Ousted Ornge CEO Chris Mazza testifies at committee probing controversy
TORONTO - The man at the centre of the Ornge controversy says Ornge was never about personal gain, but to build a great air ambulance service that would help people in Ontario.
An emotional ex-CEO Chris Mazza told a legislative committee that his son's death spurred him to create Ornge, which is under a criminal probe for financial irregularities.
He says his actions were always taken in the public interest, but defended his $1.4 million compensation package, saying it wasn't uncommon for a top executive.
Mazza says he feels badly for those who were affected by the controversy, especially those who lost their jobs.
It's been a long wait to hear Mazza tell his side of the story amid allegations that public money may have been used for personal gain.
Two Speakers' warrants were issued to compel him to testify, but his appearance was put off because two psychiatrists declared him medically unfit to testify.
(The Canadian Press)