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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wynne’s hypocrisy is breathtaking

By Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 07:04 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 07:10 PM EDT

Every so often, a premier does something so hypocritical that it merits national public scorn.

Say hello to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, because in the annals of hypocrisy, she has just recorded one for the ages.

Last month, Progressive Conservative MPP Jack MacLaren was disciplined by PC Leader Patrick Brown after reports that he told crude, sexist jokes at the expense of federal Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon and her husband, at a March 24 cancer fundraising event in Carp, Ontario.

The reported actions of MacLaren were cringeworthy.

According to people who attended the event and spoke to the Toronto Star, he called a reluctant McCrimmon to the stage, put his arm around her, made a sexist comment about her body and told a tasteless joke about her sexual relationship with her husband.

When the story broke, members of all three parties in the legislature were appalled.

In a display of non-partisanship, Tory MPP Lisa MacLeod, tweeted to McCrimmon: “I’m very sorry you had to endure that.”

Brown made MacLaren apologize, stripped him of his caucus and legislative appointments and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training.

“I have been clear there is no room for anything less than respect and tolerance in the Ontario PC Party and caucus, in our legislature, and society,” Brown said.

After the Ottawa Citizen obtained a recording of MacLaren’s comments at a previous fundraiser, in which he made vulgar references to Wynne, she called on Brown to boot MacLaren from the PC caucus, adding: “When I talked some months ago about misogyny in our society, the kind of behaviour that this member has demonstrated is exactly what I was talking about.”

Prior to that, Wynne told the Star: “I would fully expect that no one in my caucus would make such a comment ever (as MacLaren made to McCrimmon) and I’ve never had to deal with such a thing.”

Weep no tears for MacLaren. He also had to admit to using fake testimonials on his website after the Ottawa Citizen exposed them.

But now we come to Wynne, who on Tuesday revealed she has in fact had to address allegations of sexual harassment against at least two Liberal MPPs since becoming party leader in 2013.

So, who were these individuals? What were they accused of? What did she do about it?

Wynne won’t say, responding, as reported by The Canadian Press: “I dealt with them in various ways ... The situations were confidential so I’m not going to get into details.”

Asked if she had expelled any Liberal MPPs from her caucus over the issue, Wynne said she was “not at liberty” to discuss “confidential” conversations, in part because “people who brought the complaint forward were not looking for a public process.”

Wynne’s excuse is absurd. Obviously, she could talk about what the allegations were and what action she took, if any, without naming complainants.

Her comments also fly in the face of her earlier statement she has never had to deal with such problems in her caucus.

As NDP Leader Andrea Horwath neatly summed up Wynne’s hypocrisy: “You can’t have one set of rules for one group because you can get a political advantage and then have another set of rules for your own group.”

Recent Forum polls show only 20% of the public approves of the job Wynne’s doing and she would lose the election if it was held today. Not hard to see why, eh?


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EXCLUSIVE: OPP probes wind-farm records

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Published on: May 4, 2016 | Last Updated: May 4, 2016 10:01 AM EDT

The Ontario Provincial Police has launched another investigation into allegations that provincial government officials illegally destroyed documents concerning an aborted contract to supply electricity to the provincial grid.

This time, it’s a green-energy contract with a company that builds wind farms.

A previous investigation into the disappearance of files, in the last days of Dalton McGuinty’s premiership, about the decisions to cancel two gas-fired generating stations has already led to charges against McGuinty’s then-chief of staff, David Livingston, and his deputy, Laura Miller. They are charged with breach of trust, mischief in relation to data and misuse of a computer system. Both of them deny any wrongdoing and are awaiting trial. McGuinty himself was never the subject of any investigation.

This investigation is new.


“An investigation was launched after allegations were made by a third-party vendor, Trillium Power Energy Corp.,” OPP Det.-Supt. David Truax said in response to questions from this newspaper. The vendor made a formal complaint and the police examined it and found it worthy of a full exploration, which has been underway for a couple of weeks. Truax did not say whether the investigation had a specific target.

“The investigation is being led by a major-case manager from the criminal investigation branch of the OPP,” Truax said. “The investigative team will be comprised by members of the anti-rackets branch as well as the technological crime unit.”

Truax wouldn’t confirm any potential connection to the Livingston and Miller case. Trillium claims in its court filing that its project got caught up in the same electoral worry before the 2011 election that led the McGuinty government to cancel the two gas plants. Those two gas plants, in Oakville and in Mississauga, were locally unpopular and might have put Liberal-held seats at risk. Ultimately McGuinty won a third term with a minority.

The cost of the gas-plant cancellations ballooned from an early estimate of $40 million to about $1 billion, according to the provincial auditor general, once you factor in all the ripple effects.

Trillium’s allegation against the government arose in the middle of a gigantic civil lawsuit it filed over a moratorium the government put on wind-energy projects on the Great Lakes in early 2011. Trillium was working on five such projects, including one in Lake Ontario, more than 25 kilometres off Kingston, that would have been the biggest in Canada.

The company was on the brink of signing a financing deal when the province decided to halt all such projects for further scientific study. The company sued for $2.25 billion, alleging that the decision was political, not scientific, meant to appease voters living close to completely separate wind projects on Lake Huron and Lake Erie.

As it sought documents from the provincial government to build its case, Trillium’s lawyer Morris Cooper said in an interview, Trillium found a hole in the archives where documents related to Trillium’s contract with the province should have been.

“We discovered that in fact the documents that one would expect from the premier’s office or the cabinet office were not there,” Cooper said. “We noticed the pattern was they were only produced if other ministries were on the paper trail.”

Ultimately the courts threw out most of Trillium’s legal claims; the government has a lot of freedom to make and change policy decisions, even if people suffer as a result. But a claim for $500 million in damages from “misfeasance in public office” remains (over allegations the government deliberately timed its moratorium on Great Lakes wind projects to ruin Trillium so badly it couldn’t afford to sue) and now Trillium has added one for “spoliation,” destroying documents relevant to the case. Neither has been tried in court yet.

The government compensated the builders for the gas plants it cancelled. It didn’t compensate Trillium. The company filed its lawsuit in September 2011.

In defending itself against Trillium’s civil case, the government filed court papers saying that no files related to the deal were “intentionally” destroyed.

Cooper alleged that Trillium-related documents disappeared in February 2013 at the same time as the files relating to the decision to cancel the gas plants.

The investigation that led to the Livingston and Miller charges took the OPP’s anti-rackets branch 2 1/2 years. This one is just getting started.

“This type of investigation will involve the interviewing of witnesses, involved persons. It will involve an extensive review of documentation, both in electronic and hardcopy formats. I’m not able to speculate how long it might take to conduct this kind of investigation,” Truax said.

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s spokeswoman Jennifer Beaudry said the premier’s office is unaware of the investigation. Livingston’s defence lawyer Fredrick Schumann said the same, and so did Miller’s lawyer Scott Hutchison. Hutchison, in particular, said he expected Crown prosecutors would have to tell him about any new investigation involving his client.

The defence lawyers haven’t heard about the investigation from the Crown because prosecutors haven’t yet heard about it from the police, said the prosecutor leading the cases against Livingston and Miller.

“The Crown has not received any disclosure to review in relation to this new investigation,” Richard Roy said from Montreal.

But, he said, “I do expect that after these phone calls I will have to have this discussion with Mr. Hutchison.”

Besides the Livingston-Miller case, and this new Trillium case, the OPP have a longstanding investigation into improprieties at the province’s Ornge air-ambulance service, and one into alleged Elections Act violations by senior Liberals in trying to get parachute candidate Glenn Thibeault the Liberal nomination in a Sudbury byelection. Criminal charges against Sudbury Liberal powerbroker Gerry Lougheed over that nomination were stayed by the Crown last week.

Since taking office, Wynne has passed legislation stiffening penalties for government workers who destroy important records.


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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( this poll seems to indicate there is a growing number of liberals who don't approve of Kathleen wynne as liberal leader anymore , yes she is even losing support among liberals )

Kathleen Wynne trails Patrick Brown in approval ratings, Forum poll shows

A Forum Research survey suggest the PCs would take 53 seats out of 107 in the legislature — one short of a majority government. The Liberals would win 33 seats while the NDP would take 21.

A Forum Research survey, conducted April 25, showed 24 per cent of respondents identified PC Leader Patrick Brown, right, as the leader who would make the best premier. Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, left, were tied in second place, each grabbing 15 per cent of support. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo)

By Michael RobinsonStaff Reporter

Wed., May 4, 2016

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown’s lead in Ontario’s political horse race continues to firm up amid stagnant approval ratings for Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, a new Forum Research poll shows.

The province-wide survey by Forum Research Inc. continues to paint a troubling picture for Wynne with the latest results indicating she maintains the confidence of just one fifth of voters in the province.

The survey, conducted on April 25, reveals that 39 per cent of Ontarians would vote for the Progressive Conservatives if an election were held today, while 34 per cent would vote Liberal.

The polling agency further found that of respondents who voted Liberal in 2014, 13 per would vote either PC or NDP this time around.

Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said this suggests the Liberals, as a centre party, “are bleeding at both ends” as left- and right-wing supporters “melt away equally” to endorse other parties at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

The results also suggest the PCs would take 53 seats out of 107 in the legislature — one short of a majority government. The Liberals would win 33 seats while the NDP would take 21.

When it comes to leadership, the survey also showed 24 per cent of respondents identified Brown as the leader who would make the best premier. Wynne and Horwath were tied in second place, each grabbing 15 per cent of respondents’ support.

Of note, 28 per cent of respondents believe none of the current party leaders would make a good premier.

Among party supporters, 38 per cent of Liberal voters do not approve of Wynne as the party’s leader. Yet, the premier maintains 47 per cent of support among respondents who back the Liberals.

“The Liberals with their own leader should be doing better,” added Bozinoff.

Meanwhile, Brown appears to enjoy better reception among his PC voter fan base. Just over half, or 51 per cent, of PC voters said they supported him, while 14 per cent did not.

Over half, or 53 per cent, of respondents who identified as New Democrats said they approved of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath while 13 per cent did not. The rest did not have an opinion.

But while Wynne and Brown have maintained consistent approval ratings when taking into account all respondents, Horwath’s approval rating has “decayed,” according to Forum. Her 38 per cent total in February has dropped to 32 per cent over the past few months.

“(Her) usually sterling approval ratings have been starting to slip lately,” said Bozinoff.

The survey of 1,157 randomly selected Ontarian adults was conducted by interactive voice response. The results are considered accurate to within three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Some data have been statistically weighted by age, region and other variables to ensure the sample reflects the actual population as reflected in the census data. Poll results are housed in the data library of the University of Toronto’s political science department.


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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt if this is a result of Brown's actions. It must be almost completely a revulsion for this bunch of bandits.

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it be interesting to learn who the 8-12 people were who paid $5000-$10000 for alone time with premier wynne last fall )

Ontario Liberals held more than 90 cash-for-access fundraisers in two-year span


TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, May 09, 2016 9:48PM EDT

Last updated Monday, May 09, 2016 9:50PM EDT

In Kathleen Wynne’s first two years as Premier, the Ontario Liberals held more than 90 private small-scale fundraisers at which deep-pocketed donors paid up to $10,000 for exclusive face-time with Ms. Wynne and members of her cabinet.

At some events, groups of fewer than 10 people shelled out thousands of dollars to bend the ears of the province’s most powerful politicians for an evening. Such fundraisers helped the Liberals collect $12.5-million for the party and its campaign war chest.

The Globe and Mail has obtained lists of all the Ontario Liberal Party’s fundraisers for 2013 and 2014, exposing for the first time the sheer size of the cash-for-access system that has fuelled one of the country’s most successful political machines.

When The Globe reported the Liberals’ practice of holding secret fundraisers two months ago, Ms. Wynne and her ministers cancelled all upcoming private events and promised legislation this spring with more restrictions on campaign financing. But the Liberals refused to disclose how many small-scale fundraisers the party has held.

Lists of the events are in the Liberals’ annual financial filings with Elections Ontario at the agency’s headquarters in a Scarborough industrial park. The lists include the date of the fundraiser, the ticket price and the number of tickets sold. They do not disclose who bought the tickets. Some of the filings give the identity of the politician who hosted the event; many do not. The financials for 2015 have not yet been filed.

The Ontario Liberal Party on Monday indicated it would be keeping secret the guest lists for its fundraisers. A spokeswoman insisted there was nothing untoward in having people pay large sums of money to meet government decision-makers.

“The Premier has been clear that in her government, political donations do not buy policy decisions, and any suggestion otherwise is completely false,” Patricia Favre, a party vice-president, wrote in an e-mail. “Decisions are made with the best interests of Ontarians in mind.”

But the scale of the operation – and the Liberals’ insistence on secrecy – is bound to further stoke questions about the propriety of people buying access to politicians. The Globe has reported that attendees at some intimate events included several banks that profited from the Hydro One privatization, and a high-powered lobbyist who represents a roster of electricity companies.

“The economics of raising money always drive political parties into the arms of large donors. Donors always want access in exchange for their money, so you end up with these small, private parties with wealthy contributors,” says campaign finance expert Robert MacDermid, an associate professor of political science at York University in Toronto. “That’s the exact opposite of what we should be doing. Politicians should go engage regular voters.”

Between Feb. 11, 2013, when Ms. Wynne took office, and the end of 2014, the Liberals held 137 fundraisers that grossed more than $13.5-million, according to the lists. After covering expenses from the events, the party netted $12.5-million; $7-million in 2014 and $5.5-million the year before.

Of the fundraisers, 98 – more than 70 per cent of the total – list fewer than 50 tickets sold. These include an evening with Ms. Wynne on April 2, 2014, in which nine people paid between $9,000 and $10,000 apiece for time with the Premier. On Oct. 1, 2014, 10 people paid $10,000 each for an audience with Ms. Wynne. (Although donations are capped at $9,975, the amount deducted for the party’s costs would make the donation netted from a $10,000 ticket less than the cap.)

High-ranking cabinet ministers also held similar small events. Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid had a Sept. 18, 2014, fundraiser in which 10 people paid $5,000 apiece; Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli held a reception on Dec. 9, 2014, for eight people paying $5,000 each.

The list also gives some indication of the pace of fundraising, which seems particularly busy in the spring and fall.

In one five-week period, from March 25 to April 28 of 2014, Ms. Wynne held eight private fundraisers, raising $841,000 for her party. Ticket prices ranged from $1,500 to $10,000, and guest lists from nine to 22 people. One event was co-hosted by Mr. Chiarelli; another featured Eric Hoskins, then economic development minister.

That fall, three events with Ms. Wynne between Oct. 1 and 8 made nearly $200,000. Ticket prices ranged from $5,000 and $10,000, and guest lists included eight to 11 people.

In all, the lists include 79 events with ticket prices of $1,000 or more, including 37 with tickets priced at $5,000 and up.

On top of the small events, there were also 39 larger public gatherings over the two years. These included the Heritage Dinner, the Liberals’ largest annual fundraiser, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which raised $1.7-million from 1,400 guests in 2013 and $2.3-million from 1,500 people in 2014; Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s Red Snowflake Soirée, which took in more than $96,000 from 217 guests at Muzik Nightclub in 2013 and $79,000 from 208 people at One King West hotel in 2014; plus several golf tournaments and Trillium Dinner events in Ottawa and Hamilton.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( thanks to the rebel for asking the tough questions about this government no one else was willing to ask and for putting thru this request , just another example of questionable activity in the premiers office )

June 06, 2016

Wynne's campaign manager diving deep at public trough to the tune of almost $900K

Brian Lilley
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The man who helped Kathleen Wynne to victory in the 2014 election has been receiving lucrative contracts directly from the premier’s office according to documents obtained by The Rebel through a Freedom of Information request.

David Herle is the principal player behind a company called The Gandalf Group and according to the bio on the company website, Herle “served as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s campaign co-chair and steered the Ontario Liberals to a majority government in 2014.”

That fact alone has some wondering about the propriety of Herle and his firm billing the taxpayer for almost $900,000 for “research services” in the last fiscal year from one office alone.

A request for a list of contracts awarded by the Cabinet Office at Queen’s Park for the 2015-2016 fiscal year shows a list of 30 contracts, none as big as the ones Herle charged taxpayers for. There are two separate contracts listed for The Gandalf Group, one for $836,600 and another for $49,155. Both contracts simply say “Commissioned Research Services.”

A request to the premier’s office asking what kind of research services were provided was not answered, instead a vague statement was issued about how, “Polling is a cost-effective method of measuring public awareness and attitudes on current and emerging public policy issues.”

Wynne spokesperson Jennifer Beaudry told The Rebel via email that, the hiring of Wynne’s campaign manager was done through a fair and transparent process.

“Every company must be a qualified vendor of record and compete for a project against no less than 5 competitors. The final decision about which vendor is best suited for a project is made by a committee of at least 3 non-partisan public servants,” Beaudry said.

Beaudry even cited polling done for the government by global polling firm Ipsos to determine the success of the #WhoWillYouHelp campaign against sexual violence. While Ipsos did conduct research on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the contract was not awarded through Wynne’s personal department, the Cabinet Office.

In fact, the only polling or research contracts awarded directly through Wynne’s department in the 2015-2016 fiscal year went to Herle’s Gandalf Group.

Senior Liberals with experience in how the Cabinet Office functions disputed the idea that the process was completely non-partisan and not subject to political direction from the premier.

Wynne’s office is likely not the only source of Ontario tax dollars heading to the man that helped keep Kathleen Wynne in the premier’s office. It is believed that The Gandalf Group is or has been under contract to several government departments and the Liberal Party of Ontario itself.

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown was scathing of the news saying that Ontarians deserve full answers on all the contracts awarded to Wynne’s campaign director.

“This just another example of the Liberal’s ethical lapses,” Brown said. “Almost a million dollars from Kathleen Wynne’s office to someone who is the Liberal Party strategist, pollster…unacceptable.”

Brown said this is about Liberals helping Liberals, not the people of Ontario.

“This is not about helping families with a child with autism, our crumbling schools, our hospitals.”

New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath told The Rebel this is the type of thing that leaves a bad impression with voters.

"There's a reason why people are feeling left behind by this government. Time and time again, from the gas plants scandal, to recent allegations of pay for play fundraisers, they keep putting their friends and their own political interests first rather than doing what's right for the people of Ontario,” Horwath said via email.

Attempts to contact Herle and The Gandalf Group were unsuccessful. !uestions emailed to Herle and the firm were not replied to as of writing.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone have any idea what the going rate that an agency like EKOS or Nanos charge for polling?

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Anyone have any idea what the going rate that an agency like EKOS or Nanos charge for polling?

I'm not sure but don't think the issue many people have with this is necessary just the cost , any polling firm doing polling for government is going to cost money . its fact the guy getting paid our tax dollars for doing this polling was involved in wynne's re-election campaign , its gives off the wrong impression to many people

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( lots of contracts were given to this company but there seems to be few answers what exactly it did for the government ? why so much secrecy over these polls and contracts )

June 06, 2016

Political Payback? Wynne dodges questions about crooked contracts with campaign manager

Brian Lilley
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Wynne’s campaign manager has received almost $900,000 in contracts from her office alone. A previous story from The Globe and Mail shows that David Herle and his Gandalf Group received $1.1 million in contracts from the Liberal's caucus services fund.

Almost $2 million in contracts from closely connected political allies to her campaign manager but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne doesn't see a problem or think she actually has to answer questions.

After her office provided vague answers to questions from The Rebel, Wynne was questioned about this very issue during Question Period at Queen's Park.

Patrick Brown: David Herle's being rewarded for his political work with nearly $1 million of taxpayers' money. Mr. Speaker, does the Premier have an ounce of ethics left? Does the Premier think it is acceptable to hand out $1 million…. of contracts to her Liberal pals and cronies? Does the Premier think that's acceptable?

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. The member opposite will know that market research and polling companies have been used by governments traditionally, Mr. Speaker. In fact, in fact there are at least six other companies, Mr. Speaker, that have contracts. Forum research, Ipsos Reid, Strategic Counsel, Ekos Research, Environics, Harris-Decima.

Like I asked her office via email, Brown asked the premier to tell the people of Ontario how many contracts have gone to Herle and his firm and which government ministries authorized them.

Wynne ignored the question and talked about other polling firms that get contracts from the government.

But let me point out once again, while other polling firms bid on and receive polling contracts from bureaucrats in government departments – Herle and Gandalf group received close to $2 million from the two most political offices at Queen's Park – caucus services and the premier's office.

That is before we get to any other departments and I am told there are many.

Which departments? We don't know. The government is not saying and neither is Gandalf Group.

Alex Swann, vice-president at Gandalf Group told me via email that, they would not comment on that question or any other questions about their work.

"We provide research services and the research data essentially belongs to our clients. We generally don’t speak to work they have commissioned or to what the research is informing, as a matter of policy. So I have to refer you to the clients at this time."

That would be great if the client, the government of Ontario, were talking about how they spend tax dollars but they are not.

In fact I have sent several follow-up questions to the premier's office trying to get answers and so far, have not received any real reply.

In fact, in response to four specific questions the premier's spokesperson Jennifer Beaudry sent me a transcript of Question Period.

None of my questions were answered.

Let me read you the questions:

* Can you tell me what, exactly, Ontario taxpayers received for the nearly $900,000 in research contracts awarded to Mr. Herle and Gandalf Group?

* Are these polls public?

* Is there a record of the RFP, the tender process and the selection process for the two contracts awarded to Gandalf?

* I am told market research and polling are not subject to ARB reviews. Are you saying they are?

So far, nothing of substance from the premier's office on these or other questions.

Premier Wynne and her government are awarding millions of dollars worth of contracts to her campaign manager, the public has a right to know, the government has a duty to answer, it's our money being spent – what did we buy for all that cash?

I think it is up to Wynne to prove this wasn't simply a case of political payback.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's not forget these little gems, announced last December when people were distracted by the pagan holidays. And I don't even think this includes the $billion pissed down the wall when they decided to move the generating stations out of the municipalities where the power is consumed, and relocating them in reliably Conservative ridings.

Premier on defensive over $9.2B cost of green energy initiatives[

TORONTO -- Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday she's "happy" to defend the billions of dollars in extra costs that Ontario electricity customers are paying for the Liberal's green energy initiatives, saying there's a price for cleaner air.

Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk's report said consumers are paying $9.2 billion more for 20-year wind and solar power contracts signed by the Liberals with private generators than they would have under the old system. Using a competitive bidding process could have cut those costs in half, added Lysyk.

"Not only did the government not follow the competitive procurement process ... it offered additional economic incentives along with the already attractive prices offered under the guaranteed-price renewable program to a foreign consortium," she wrote.

The auditor found Ontario pays 3 1/2 times the price for solar power than the average in the United States, and twice as much for wind power.


Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said Wynne "missed the point of the auditor's report," which was that Ontario could have reached the same green energy goals without the extra $9.2 billion cost.
"I think the government has mishandled this so badly, and because of political interference and mistakes, every Ontarian will pay $12,000 more for electricity," said Brown.

There's another $37 billion that this number doesn't count.

In the meantime, things have only gotten worse. Samsung, the contractor who provides the 'clean energy equipment' has failed to live up to its end of 'the contract, which involved building a factory and hiring 900 people in Ontario to produce more clean energy products. In other words, there have been ample opportunities to cancel the contract,

Ontario auditor finds hydro consumers pay billions extra for Liberal's decisions

TORONTO -- Ontario electricity customers paid $37 billion for the Liberal government's decisions to ignore its own planning process for new power projects, and hydro rates will keep climbing, the province's financial watchdog warned Wednesday.
"We found the electricity planning process had effectively broken down over the past decade," said auditor general Bonnie Lysyk.

"Instead of following the legislated process, the Ministry of Energy itself effectively assumed responsibility for electricity planning."

The ministry issued dozens of directives that "did not fully consider the state of the electricity market" and at times went against the advice of the Ontario Power Authority.
"Ontario electricity ratepayers have had to pay billions for these decisions," said Lysyk.
The electricity portion of hydro bills rose 70 per cent between 2006 and 2014, which Lysyk said cost consumers $37 billion dollars in so-called Global Adjustment payments -- and will cost ratepayers another $133 billion by 2032.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said the Global Adjustment is needed to encourage more companies to get into generation, and doesn't mean people paid too much for hydro.
"The words over paying don't enter into the equation," he said. "It is the true costs of providing generation in the province of Ontario, which is added onto the wholesale price which is not sufficient to cover off the generators."

The auditor found electricity customers will also pay $9.2 billion more for wind and solar power under the Liberals' 20-year price guarantee for renewable energy generators

Maybe TC will come around and explain to us that all governments waste money, so it's OK.

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( thanks for brian lilley at the rebel for digging this up , more bad news for wynne it looks like her campaign manager was rewarded heavily by her government and got millions in contracts from Ontario government )

September 22, 2016

Taxpayers shell out almost $3 million to Wynne's campaign manager

Brian Lilley
Rebel Co-Founder

A firm headed by the man just reappointed as campaign manager for Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals has received almost $3 million in contracts from various Ontario government departments and bodies ranging from Wynne’s own office to the Ontario Energy Board.

A review of contract information obtained through freedom of information requests at Queen’s Park shows Gandalf Group, headed by Liberal strategist David Herle, has been awarded contracts worth roughly $2.7 million since Wynne became premier. The figure is an incomplete one as some departments have failed to fully answer requests for information while one, Ontario Power Generation, only released hourly rates paid to Herle and his associates.

Ontario residents fuming over high electrical bills will likely not be impressed to find out that Wynne’s campaign manager and another top employee at Gandalf billed OPG at $420 per hour. Other employees who do work for OPG are billed out at between $105 and $270 per hour.

This information was obtained by The Rebel through several freedom of information filings earlier this year after discovering that Wynne’s own department paid Herle’s Gandalf Group $885,755 in the fiscal year that ended March 31. At the time the premier responded that many polling firms receive government contracts while failing to point out that Gandalf was the only polling firm contracted by her office.

When the news broke in June, the legislature erupted with claims that this was Wynne using taxpayers’ money to reward friends.

"The Liberals and this premier will do absolutely anything to hold onto power," PC Leader Patrick Brown said.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was equally scathing of the premier, saying:

”Her priority is always the Liberal party and well-connected Liberals.”

In addition to the $885,755 paid out by Wynne’s office to her campaign manager’s firm, Gandalf Group was also awarded contracts by the finance department worth $400,000 and the Ontario Energy Board worth $347,522.15 though that agency says it only paid out $90,525.

The Globe and Mail had earlier reported on Gandalf Group being paid $1.1 million from the taxpayer funded Liberal Caucus Services.

A request from OPG for contract tallies instead of hourly rates has not been received at this point.

Gandalf Group defends the contracts as being awarded in a proper manner.

“These projects were awarded after selection processes conducted by the government agencies,” said Alex Swann. “Vendors’ proposals were scored against multiple criteria as part of a competitive request-for-services bidding process.”


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( finally charges in the Sudbury by election scandal , I say if they broke the law send them both to jail )

Top Liberals face Elections Act charges in Sudbury case

Sudbury byelection in 2015 led to accusations against Gerry Lougheed and Patricia Sorbara

Criminal charges of bribery were stayed against Gerry Lougheed (pictured) in Sudbury last April while detectives continued their probe into the lesser offences under the Elections Act.

By Rob FergusonQueen's Park Bureau
Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Mon., Oct. 31, 2016

The head of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s re-election campaign and a Liberal fundraiser are facing Elections Act charges for alleged bribery in the 2015 Sudbury byelection.

Patricia Sorbara, until recently Wynne’s deputy chief of staff, and Sudbury funeral director Gerry Lougheed will be ‎charged by Ontario Provincial Police, the Star has learned.

Police swore the information before a justice of the peace on Monday and will formally announce the charges Tuesday.

The dramatic move, which comes with the Nov. 17 byelection campaigns underway in Niagara West-Glanbrook and Ottawa-Vanier, follows almost two years of investigation.

Criminal charges of bribery were stayed against Lougheed in Sudbury last April while detectives continued their probe into the lesser offences under the Elections Act.

Sorbara, who moved from Wynne’s office to become CEO and director of the 2018 Liberal campaign on Oct. 3, was never criminally charged.

Under provincial law, “no person shall, directly or indirectly, give, procure or promise or agree to procure an office or employment to induce a person to become a candidate, refrain from becoming a candidate or withdraw his or her candidacy.”

Police were tight-lipped Monday, with OPP Det.-Supt. Dave Truax saying only that “the investigation is ongoing.”

The OPP’s move appears to have blindsided the government and neither Sorbara nor Lougheed were immediately available for comment Monday night.

Earlier on Monday, Wynne said she didn’t know of any developments in the case.

“I’m not aware of anything new — I don’t know whether there’s something new,” Wynne said at a news conference with Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, who won the hard-fought 2015 contest in Sudbury.

On Monday, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she didn’t know of any developments in the case. (JOHN WOODS)

The Elections Act charges stem from the campaign in which paraplegic mortgage broker Andrew Olivier claimed both Sorbara and Lougheed offered him jobs to drop out of the nomination race, clearing the way for Wynne’s preferred candidate.

That was Thibeault, then a New Democrat MP who left federal politics and defected to the provincial Liberals. He has been in Wynne’s cabinet since last June.

Olivier had been the Liberal candidate in the 2014 province-wide election, replacing retired cabinet minister Rick Bartolucci. But he placed second in that vote to New Democrat Joe Cimino, who quit five months later over family issues, giving the Liberals a chance to win the riding back.

The mortgage broker had hoped to be the Liberal flag-bearer again; however, Wynne preferred Thibeault, who had been wooed by Lougheed.

Last April, the OPP and prosecutors stayed one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments and another of counselling an offence not committed against Lougheed.

Under a stay, charges are set aside and the Crown has one year to reinstate them. The two charges, which are rarely used by prosecutors, carry a prison sentence of up to seven years.

At that time, court in Sudbury heard that police had finished their investigation into whether Lougheed and Sorbara, then serving as Wynne’s deputy chief of staff, violated the Elections Act.

Prosecutors had the information from police and were said to be deciding whether to lay charges.

Any Elections Act charges are in a lower, non-criminal category of violations known as provincial offences, where penalties range from fines of up to $25,000 and maximum jail sentences of two years less a day.

Photo of Patricia Sorbara who recently moved from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office to become CEO and director of the 2018 Liberal campaign.

Photo of Patricia Sorbara who recently moved from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office to become CEO and director of the 2018 Liberal campaign.

Although Sorbara was not charged criminally with Lougheed, police had been investigating her possible election violations after Olivier made public his tapes of conversations.

Olivier — who tapes conversations because he cannot take notes — alleged they offered him jobs in return for abandoning his nomination bid.

In one tape, Lougheed said: “The premier wants to talk. They would like to present you options in terms of appointments, jobs, whatever, that you and her and Pat Sorbara could talk about.”

In another, Sorbara told Olivier “we should have the broader discussion about what is it that you’d be most interested in doing ... whether it’s a full-time or part-time job in a (constituency) office, whether it is appointments, supports or commissions ...”

Key players

Gerry Lougheed: Wealthy Sudbury funeral home director, one-time Liberal-appointed chair of the local police services board, and a political kingmaker in the nickel city.

Patricia Sorbara: Head of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s re-election campaign and her former deputy chief of staff, she is one of the premier’s most trusted advisers and was instrumental in the Liberals’ 2014 majority victory.

Andrew Olivier: Defeated by New Democrat Joe Cimino in the June 2014 election, the mortgage broker and quadriplegic activist hoped to again be the Liberal candidate in the February 2015 byelection, but he was spurned and ended up running as an independent, finishing third.

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Despite winning a majority in the election, the fiercely competitive Liberal leader was unhappy to have lost Sudbury, which was one of only two held seats her party failed to keep. When Cimino quit, she pounced, wooing Glenn Thibeault and passing over Olivier.

Glenn Thibeault: Energy minister and the former federal NDP MP for Sudbury, who defected to the Liberals after being courted by Wynne and Lougheed. Wynne appointed him to prevent a messy nomination fight with Olivier.


Nov. 20, 2014 — NDP MPP Joe Cimino, who beat Liberal Andrew Olivier by 980 votes in Sudbury in the June 2014 provincial election, resigns suddenly.

Dec. 11 — Liberal activist Gerry Lougheed visits Olivier to urge him not to run in the upcoming byelection, saying, “I come to you on behalf of the premier.” The next day, Patricia Sorbara, then Premier Kathleen Wynne’s deputy chief of staff, phones Olivier.

Dec. 15 — Olivier says he has been “bullied” by the Liberals into stepping aside for a different candidate, prompting the Progressive Conservatives to contact Ontario Provincial Police and the NDP to alert Elections Ontario.

Dec. 16 — The Star reveals Wynne has lured NDP MP Glenn Thibeault to be the Liberal candidate in the Sudbury byelection.

Jan. 15, 2015 — Olivier takes to Facebook with recordings of his conversations with Sorbara and Lougheed, which leads the OPP to broaden their probe the next day.

Feb. 5 — Liberal Thibeault wins the byelection with Olivier, running as an independent, finishing third behind the NDP’s Suzanne Shawbonquit.

Feb. 19 — Elections Ontario chief Greg Essensa releases a 29-page report on the byelection concluding the Liberals were in “apparent contravention” of bribery laws over the job offers to Olivier.

Sept. 24 — Police charge Lougheed with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments. Sorbara is cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

April 27, 2016 — Those criminal charges against Lougheed are stayed, but the OPP says it is continuing a probe of alleged Ontario Elections Act violations.

Nov. 1, 2016 — OPP will announce charges under the provincial act against Lougheed and Sorbara.


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Liberal Party CEO will step down if charged under Elections Act, Wynne says

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:08AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:53PM EDT

TORONTO -- The Ontario Liberal Party's CEO will step aside if she is charged under the Election Act, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday amid reports that two top Liberals are facing charges related to a 2015 provincial byelection.

The Toronto Star reported that the Ontario Provincial Police will lay a bribery charge under that act against Pat Sorbara and Liberal operative Gerry Lougheed.

A lawyer for Lougheed confirmed later on Tuesday that his client had been charged.

Sorbara recently took a leave of absence as the premier's deputy chief of staff to become party CEO and 2018 campaign director.

The reportedly looming charges bring a 2015 Sudbury byelection scandal back to the surface -- in the midst of two new ongoing byelection campaigns in Ottawa and Niagara.

"We are now at a point where we understand that charges will be laid and I said in 2015 if charges were laid then Pat would step aside and if they're laid that's what will happen," Wynne said Tuesday.

Sorbara and Lougheed had been under investigation over allegations they offered a would-be candidate a job or appointment to get him to step aside in a 2015 byelection in Sudbury.

The OPP had been investigating the pair both criminally and under the Election Act. Sorbara was cleared criminally, but Lougheed was charged with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments -- charges that were stayed earlier this year.

Following the staying of Lougheed's criminal charges in April, the police turned their focus to the Election Act, specifically a bribery section that says no person shall directly or indirectly "give, procure or promise or agree to procure an office or employment to induce a person to become a candidate, refrain from becoming a candidate or withdraw his or her candidacy."

A conviction under the bribery section of the Election Act carries a penalty of up to $5,000. If a judge finds it was broken "knowingly," the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000 and/or up to two years less a day in jail.

Lougheed's lawyer, Michael Lacy, said in a statement that they are disappointed to now have new charges under the Election Act.

"Although these are not criminal charges, Gerry has maintained that he didn't do anything that would attract a culpable finding," Lacy wrote. "We will review the evidence that has been compiled and respond in court to the allegations."

The investigation was sparked by recordings made by Andrew Olivier, who was the Liberal candidate in Sudbury during the 2014 general election. As a quadriplegic man who often records his conversations in lieu of taking notes, Olivier recorded chats he had with Sorbara and Lougheed. Technical difficulties prevented him from recording a call he had with Wynne herself.

The Liberals have denied wrongdoing, saying they made no specific offer but were trying to keep Olivier involved in the party after deciding to appoint Glenn Thibeault as their candidate as he left his role as the New Democrat MP for the riding


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( it keeps getting worse and worse for wynne each day , the liberals have by far claimed the corrupt and entitlement brand )

Energy Minister denies OPP allegations he was offered inducement to run in Sudbury byelection

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault is strongly denying OPP allegations he was offered a plum post to jump from the federal NDP to the provincial Liberals to run in last year’s Sudbury byelection.

Ontario Energy Minister, Glenn Thibeault: 'I don’t know what the allegation relates to. I’m confused by it. This was my own decision to leave federal politics and to get into provincial politics,' Thibeault said.

By Rob FergusonQueen's Park Bureau
Robert BenzieQueen's Park Bureau Chief

Wed., Nov. 2, 2016

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault is strongly denying OPP allegations that he was offered a plum post to jump from the federal NDP to the provincial Liberals to run in last year’s Sudbury byelection.

In the filing of Elections Act bribery charges Tuesday against Liberal re-election campaign chief Patricia Sorbara and Sudbury power broker Gerry Lougheed, Ontario Provincial Police allege an inducement was proffered to Thibeault.

“Absolutely not,” the minister told reporters at Queen’s Park on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what the allegation relates to. I’m confused by it. This was my own decision to leave federal politics and to get into provincial politics,” he said.

“It was something that I thought long and hard about and talked with my family and friends. I was very disenfranchised with where I was at in federal politics and was looking to move on.”

Thibeault, who spoke with OPP detectives in Toronto last June, said he is prepared to testify in defense of both Lougheed and Sorbara.

While he admitted he spoke with each of them before he defected from the federal New Democrats to the provincial Liberals, they made no offers of anything beyond guaranteeing he would be the party’s nominee in the Feb. 5, 2015 byelection.

The OPP alleged that Sorbara did “directly or indirectly give, procure or promise or agree to procure an office of employment to induce a person, to wit, Glenn Thibeault, to become a candidate contrary to” provincial law.

Ian Smith, his lawyer, said the police claims “are hard to credit.”

“Mr. Thibeault spent years as an MP in opposition, faithfully serving the people of Sudbury. His decision to leave that position in the hopes that he could win the byelection and join Premier (Kathleen) Wynne’s governing Liberals was motivated by nothing other than a desire to serve the constituents of Sudbury more effectively than federal politics had permitted,” said Smith.

“To think that he would make that change by reason of some improper inducement is, frankly, absurd. Mr. Thibeault wishes Ms. Sorbara well in her defence of this matter, which we are confident will be successful.”

Sorbara, 60, Wynne’s deputy chief of staff until moving to run the 2018 Liberal campaign last month, is charged with two counts of bribery, and Lougheed, 62, a Sudbury funeral home owner, with one count of bribery.

Their first court date is set for Nov. 21 in Sudbury.

Last April, more serious criminal counts of bribery against Lougheed were stayed.

Sorbara was never charged under the Criminal Code.

Elections Act charges are provincial offences and are a lower, non-criminal category of violations, where penalties range from fines of up to $25,000 and maximum jail sentences of two years less a day.

Both Sorbara and Lougheed have denied any wrongdoing.

The charges stem from a campaign in which quadriplegic businessman Andrew Olivier, the Liberal candidate in the June 2014 province-wide election and one of only two Grits to lose seats held by the Liberals that year, claimed Sorbara and Lougheed offered him jobs to drop out of the nomination race to clear the way for Thibeault.

Olivier, who declined comment Wednesday, had hoped to run again for the Liberals in the byelection triggered by the sudden resignation of New Democrat MPP Joe Cimino.

But Wynne wanted Thibeault. Olivier ended up running as an independent and finishing third.

The OPP began investigating the alleged violations after Olivier, who records conversations because he cannot take notes, made public his conversations with Sorbara and Lougheed on Facebook.

Progressive Conservatives stormed out of question period Wednesday after MPP Steve Clark was ejected for repeatly asking Thibeault if he was offered any inducements to leave federal politics.

Speaker Dave Levac ruled the questions unparliamentary, citing the Legislature’s standing orders.

“What are you hiding? Answer the question,” Clark shouted at Thibeault.

As he was escorted out by the sergeant at arms, Clark was joined by PC Leader Patrick Brown and the party’s other MPPs, except House Leader Jim Wilson, who stayed in his seat in case a unanimous consent motion arose.

Brown did not accuse the speaker of bias in ruling against Clark’s question, but said the ruling is too restrictive.

“We believe it’s ridiculous we can’t ask the minister of energy a question about a scandal that involves him,” Brown told reporters.

“We’re going to continue to ask these questions.”

Deputy NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said opposition parties need “wide latitude” in asking questions.

“I understand the frustration that the Conservatives felt. I felt frustrated as well, but I think it's important to continue to ask the questions and to be in the House to ask questions of this government.”

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said the case should be tried in the courts, not in the Legislature.


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NDP wants investigation into MPP's actions

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By Carol Mulligan, Sudbury Star

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:36:29 EDT PM

Ontario New Democrats are calling on chief electoral officer Greg Essensa to launch an investigation into the actions of Glenn Thibeault in the so-called Sudbury byelection scandal.

Ontario NDP deputy leader Jagmeet Singh said information released this week is troubling -- that a former key advisor to Premier Kathleen Wynne is alleged to have bribed Thibeault in the February 2015 byelection.

Thibeault was serving as Sudbury's New Democrat MP in late 2014 and it is alleged he was asked by Sorbara to leave that position and accept an appointment as Liberal candidate in a byelection.

Sorbara was charged Tuesday with two counts under the Election Act, one of offering inducements to former Sudbury provincial Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier to step aside so another candidate could be appointed. Sudbury Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed Jr. is facing that same charge.

But Sorbara was charged with a second offence -- offering inducements to Thibeault to lure him away from the federal NDP and to the provincial Liberals.

The Sudbury Star broke the story Tuesday that information filed by Ontario Provincial Police in the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury alleges Sorbara tried to bribe Thibeault.

"As you are aware," said Singh in his letter to Essensa dated Wednesday, "the Election Act not only prohibits an individual from offering an alleged bribe; it also prohibits an individual from accepting an alleged bribe.`

Singh quoted Section 96.1(d) of the act which states no person shall, directly or indirectly, “apply for, accept or agree to accept any valuable consideration or office or employment in connection with the exercise or non-exercise of an elector’s vote.”

Thibeault's lawyer, Ian Smith of the Toronto-based Fenton, Smith Barristers, vehemently denies the Wynne Liberals bribed Thibeault to switch his party support. Smith said he and his client became aware that Sorbara was charged under the Election Act with two offences, one of which is alleged to have involved Thibeault.

Smith said in a statement Wednesday that the understanding is that Sorbara allegedly "corruptly induced" Thibeault to quit as Sudbury New Democrat MP to be appointed to run for the provincial Liberals in a byelection.

"I want to be clear," said Smith in the statement. "Mr. Thibeault has advised the investigators in this matter, with whom he has co-operated fully, that no such inducement was made or accepted. The assertions to the contrary are hard to credit."

Thibeault was interviewed by the OPP in connection with two investigations, one into possible criminal wrongdoing by key Liberals to persuade Olivier to step aside so Wynne could appoint a star candidate. The other was an investigation into charges of wrongdoing in relation to the Election Act.

Gerry Lougheed Jr. was charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments. Sorbara was not charged although Olivier alleged she offered him inducements not to seek the Liberal nomination in the Sudbury byelection.

The criminal charges against Lougheed were stayed in April of this year, while the OPP continued to investigate possible Election Act infractions.

It is not alleged that hibeault is not alleged to have done anything wrong in deciding to leave the federal New Democrats to be appointed Liberal candidate in the byelection to fill the vacant seat after NDP MPP Joe Cimino quit six months into his term. Thibeault has, however, faced sharp criticism for his political change of heart.

Smith said Thibeault spent years as an opposition MP "faithfully serving the people of Sudbury. His decision to leave that position, in the hopes he could win the byelection and join Premier Wynne's governing Liberals, was motivated by nothing other than a desire to serve the constituents of Sudbury more effectively than federal politics had permitted.

"To think he would make that change by reason of some improper inducement is, frankly, absurd. Mr. Thibeault wishes Ms. Sorbara well in her defence of this matter, which we are confident will be successful," said Smith.

After news about charges under the Election Act broke late Monday, Sorbara, Wynne’s top political adviser, resigned the next day as head of the Ontario Liberals’ re-election campaign.

Sorbara also served as chief executive officer and director of the 2018 Liberal campaign. She served as Wynne's deputy chief of staff and was in charge of her 2014 election campaign.

In a December 2014 interview, in the boardroom of The Sudbury Star, Wynne told the newspaper that Thibeault had neither asked for nor been promised any inducements to leave the federal NDP and accept her appointment as Liberal candidate in the byelection.

Several prominent members of the provincial Liberal riding association resigned their post because the public nomination process was circumvented.

Thibeault was named parliamentary assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in February 2015, a year after he was elected, and served in that position until June of this year.

In June, Wynne appointed him Energy minister, a high-profile cabinet position given the controversy in Ontario about the sale of Hydro One and the rising cost of hydroelectricity in the province.

Singh said the people of Ontario need to know whether Mr. Thibeault was offered and accepted an office, employment, or any other consideration in exchange for his candidacy for the Liberal Party.

Lougheed and Sorbara are to appear on the Election Act charges Nov. 21 in the Court of Justice in Sudbury.

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