Mr. McGuinty seemed to be saying at least some of the right things in his press conference yesterday. He said the government should have known the abuses that were going on and that the government had to be accountable for the tremendous waste of taxpayers money.
If he really means it then his next step should be to embrace open data to prove it. Exposing the entire procurement process through open standards like ebXML will help to ensure that the single source bids that Ms. Kramer favoured won't happen. A much wider audience will be able to see and potentially respond to RFP's and RFQ's that the eHealth and the Ontario Health Ministry (and the entire provincial government for that matter) issues.
To help to ensure transparency the McGuinty should ensure that the results are exposed in a manner that allow interested parties can use to analyze. XBRL is becoming a widely embraced financial reporting standard in the United States, particularly at the State level. Exposing financial data including procurement data in this manner will allow citizens and (hopefully) the press to produce meaningful reports that will keep the government honest. As a byproduct it might provide improve the value proposition of Canadian news organizations. The New York Times has been actively embracing data oriented solutions on line. It provides value that customers might even pay for.