Ontario's opposition parties are accusing the governing Liberals of deliberately holding up witness testimony before a committee that's looking into the Ornge scandal.
The legislative committee was supposed to hear from former health minister George Smitherman this morning, but the committee ended up getting bogged down in procedural arguments.
The Liberals say the committee needs a lawyer present to ensure none of the testimony jeopardizes the criminal investigation of Ornge.
They say they need a few days to set the ground rules.
The Tories and NDP say it's a delay tactic dreamed up by Premier Dalton McGuinty's staff to prevent Smitherman and one of McGuinty's top advisers from testifying.
Smitherman, who signed the original agreement with the troubled air ambulance service, says he's willing to wait to testify.
Despite numerous red flags, the government failed to monitor Ornge as it used the money to make "questionable" business deals, the auditor said.
Ornge has been mired in controversy for months over high executive salaries and allegations that public dollars may have been used for personal gain.
Embattled Health Minister Deb Matthews has introduced new legislation that she says will bring more oversight to Ornge.