03/25/2015 03:42 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT

P.E.I. Tories promise public accountability commission if elected

CHARLOTTETOWN - The leader of Prince Edward Island's Tories is promising to strike a royal commission on accountability in government if his party wins the next election.

Rob Lantz says public accountability needs to be at the forefront of government activities in light of a series of embarrassing programs that he says have led to public cynicism about the provincial government.

His plan for a royal commission includes a review of the administration of the provincial nominee program for immigrants, the province's e-gaming efforts, and P.E.I.'s lending and writeoff practices.

Reports by provincial auditors general have criticized the provincial nominee program and the province's lending practices as lacking transparency and oversight.

Lantz says repeated attempts to learn more about the nominee program through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act have been unsuccessful.