11/20/2013 01:30 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

NDP cast doubt that financial accountability officer will be in place by 2014

TORONTO - Ontario's New Democrats are accusing the other parties of dragging their heels on hiring a new provincial financial accountability officer.

The governing Liberals had promised to have someone in place by the new year, but with only a few weeks to go, it doesn't look like that will happen.

All three parties are involved in selecting a candidate, but the New Democrats say a hiring committee hasn't even been struck.

They say the process is being held up by the Liberals and Tories, who haven't selected their representatives for the committee.

Government house leader John Milloy says they've selected Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca, while the Tories say they have John O'Toole, who represents Durham.

Milloy called the NDP's charges ridiculous, saying the committee will be up and running soon.