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is Kathleen Wynne the most corrupt premier in Ontario's history
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:48 pm    Post subject: Is Wynne the most corrupt premier in Ontario's history ? Reply with quote

had this though that she might be but wanted to look thru some of the other premiers first so checked out Wikipedia , there is a list of them , some pc and liberal premiers over the years .


tried to find any that had been thru serious scandals or corruption but nothing really came up , Ernest Drury in the 1920's , lost the election cause he tried to bring in proportional representation and a preferential ballot , also claims he bought a $100 coal scuttle for personal use , how scandalous .
Michael Hepburn in the 30's had some controversy over the Dionne quintuplets and hydro contracts as well is some strikes but still seemed minor compared to wynne .
George Ross in the 1900's had a vote buying scandal and accusations of favourism and questions about public ownership of electricity .

some other more recent premiers
Frank Miller pc 80's - not in very long so no time for any scandals
David Peterson lib 80's - not known for major scandals although his coalition government to push the pc's out was controversial
Bob Rae ndp 90's - the accidental premier and seen as one of the worse premiers of Ontario by many but not known for corruption ,
Mike Harris -pc 90's - fought the unions a lot and teachers went on strike , some scandals some as ipperwash and walkerton but corruption and waste of taxpayers money few if any from his time in power
Ernie Eves pc 2000- not in office very long , somewhat rocky time in power but most scandalous thing I found was when budget was delivered at magna plant instead of legislature
Dalton Mcguinty 2003-13- broke a lot of his original election promises such as not raising taxes , spent a lot of money on various programs , had the gas plants scandal near the end of his term and brought in green energy program that has been a mess and raised hydro rates , 2 of his aides were charged in the gas plants scandal and still awaiting trial I believe ? think he set the bar low for future premiers and Is why wynne is so bad .

Kathleen Wynne -2013 - present , where to begin , Sudbury by-election scandal , gas plant scandal , political donations scandal , cabinet ministers given fundraising targets for liberal party instead of them doing there jobs , secret deals for teacher unions who supported her , contracts awarded to corporations that donated to the liberals , hyper partisan involvement in federal elections .
i know there was at least 2 police investigations that resulted in criminal charges and other scandals I can't even remember and there seems to be a new one every couple of weeks .
how corrupt could one possibly be but is she the most corrupt premier ever seen in Ontario ? that is what I'm trying to find out

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( one of the most outrageous wastes of taxpayers money during wynne's time as premier has to be the insane pan am games salaries , I though it was suppose to be a charity sporting event ? about the athletes participating not about making money ?)

Ontario Sunshine List: Deputy premier defends high pay for Pan Am execs

10 Pan Am staff were paid more than the premier, topping $300K in salaries and benefits

CBC News Posted: Mar 25, 2016 5:09 PM ET| Last Updated: Mar 25, 2016 5:14 PM ET

"When you run an international event, you have to run it with the very best people you can find and pay the price that international events have to pay," Treasury Board President Deb Matthews said, defending the salaries of Pan Am executives Thursday.

If the Sunshine List were a sporting event, Pan Am Games executives would rank highly in the standings, taking four of the list's top 10 spots with salaries soaring past $750,000.

On Thursday, the Wynne government found itself defending the salaries of the Pan Am staff, 10 of whom were paid more during 2015 than the premier herself, topping $300,000 in salaries and benefits. For her part, Wynne earned $208,974 last year.

"When you run an international event, you have to run it with the very best people you can find and pay the price that international events have to pay," said Treasury Board President Deb Matthews, who also serves as deputy premier..

"I never compare to the premier because as we all know, she's vastly underpaid."

Ontario Sunshine List of highest-paid public sector employees reveals thousands earn more than premier

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In all, 68 Pan Am employees made it onto the Sunshine List, which documents all Ontario public sector employees making $100,000 annually.

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"What for me was important is that they came in under budget and they were an outstandingly successful games," Matthews said.

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Pan Am Games executives dominated this year,taking four of the Sunshine list's top ten spots, with salaries soaring past a quarter of a million dollars. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Pan Am's top earners included:
■Senior vice president and chief financial officer Barbara Gail Anderson, who clocked in at $844,754.92.
■Sports and venue management executive vice president Allen Vansen, making $802,079.83.
■Human resources senior vice president Karen Hacker, who made $789,880.64
■Katherine Henderson, Senior vice president of marketing and revenue Katherine Henderson, who was paid $762,996.71.

In November, officials said the price tag for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games fell within the $2.4-billion budget, making organizers eligible for lucrative bonuses laid out in their contracts.

TO2015 Pan Am Games within $2.4B budget, Ontario says

Premier defends 5.7 million in bonuses for TO2015 executives

Spending for the Games — particularly when it comes to executive compensation — has been under scrutiny for years, with both opposition parties voicing concerns about what they consider a lack of financial transparency.

Complaints over 2015's executive expenses emerged long before last year's games began and a second budget was discovered for the event.

The province said in 2013 that the original $1.44-billion budget didn't include the $700-million cost of building the athletes' village or $10 million for the provincial Pan Am secretariat. The numbers released in November priced the athletes' village at $683 million and allocated $43 million to the secretariat.

Two years ago, the province ordered the organizing committee to tighten its expense rules after some of its well-paid executives, including the committee's former president and CEO Ian Troop, billed taxpayers for items such as a 91-cent parking fee and $1.89 cup of tea.

On Thursday, Matthews was resolute.

"I'm enormously proud of the Pan Am games. The people were paid what they were paid," she said.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the Sudbury by-election scandal is another example of corruption in the wynne government , the liberals are alleged to have tried to bribe a former candidate who also is " wheelchair bound " out of the race how disgraceful )

Criminal charges laid in Sudbury, Ont. byelection scandal

Call for the Premier's resignation after criminal charges are laid in by-election scandal. Tamara Ischenko reports.

Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:22AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:39AM EDT

TORONTO -- Premier Kathleen Wynne is facing calls by the opposition to step down after police laid criminal charges against a Liberal fundraiser in connection with a byelection in Sudbury, Ont.

Gerry Lougheed, a prominent Sudbury Liberal, was charged Thursday with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments.

The charges follow a Ontario Provincial Police investigation launched after Andrew Olivier, the Liberal candidate in the 2014 general election, said he was offered an appointment to step aside in the Feb. 5 byelection for Wynne's preferred candidate, former New Democrat MP Glenn Thibeault.

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Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne greets two-year-old Ella Prosperi as she arrives at a campaign event for candidate Andrew Olivier (right) in Sudbury, Ont. on Tuesday May 27, 2014. (Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Olivier released recorded telephone conversations with Lougheed, whom he describes as "a Liberal king maker" and with Wynne's deputy chief of staff, Pat Sorbara, in which he said he was asked if he wanted a job or an appointment.

The charges were announced just minutes before the daily question period in the Ontario legislature.

"This case strikes right at the heart of the premier's office," said Progressive Conservative critic Jeff Yurek. "Will the premier step aside while these charges are before the courts?"

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews ignored Yurek's demand, but told the legislature that the OPP had advised Sorbara's lawyer that she will not face charges in connection with the byelection.

"This matter is before the courts and we ill have no further comment," Matthews said. "We co-operated fully with the police and we trust the court system to do its work in a fully independent way."

NDP house leader Gilles Bisson said Wynne had defended Lougheed's actions and he wanted to know who was behind the offers to Olivier.

"Who ordered Lougheed to break the law on behalf of the Liberal party," asked Bisson. "What did the premier know and when did she know it?"

Wynne always maintained the Liberals were just trying to keep Olivier in the party fold, and that there was no need to offer him a job or appointment to step aside because she had already decided he was not going to be the candidate in the byelection.

OPP investigators questioned Wynne in April about Olivier's allegations against Lougheed and Sorbara, but despite opposition demands the premier never removed Sorbara from her office.

The Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats called it appalling to see a sitting Ontario premier being questioned by police.

Both Sorbara and Lougheed have denied the allegations.

Elections Ontario concluded months ago that Lougheed and Sorbara's actions constituted an "apparent contravention"' of the Election Act concerning bribery, but the agency has no mandate to conduct prosecutions.

Thibeault won the byelection for the Liberals, taking back the Sudbury riding that they had lost to the New Democrats less than a year earlier.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( how could anyone forget about the gas plants scandal )

Ontario Liberals' gas-plants scandal: Everything you need to know

Adrian Morrow

Toronto — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Apr. 01, 2015 8:49PM EDT

Last updated Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 5:12PM EST

When Ontario’s Liberal government cancelled plans to build two gas-fired power plants before the 2011 election, it seemed simple enough. Those plants were unpopular in the communities where they were to be built, and then-premier Dalton McGuinty needed to hold on to ridings in those areas to stay in power.

But the price tag for kiboshing the plants is estimated to be as much as $1.1-billion. And two of Mr. McGuinty’s former aides, chief of staff David Livingston and deputy chief of staff Laura Miller, face criminal charges for allegedly orchestrating a plan to delete government emails and other documents that could have shed light on the cancellations. The scandal has dogged the Liberals for several years, and isn’t going away any time soon.

This is how we got here.

A steel frame, shown Feb. 21, 2013, is all that's left of a gas plant that was supposed to be built in Mississauga. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

How did this start?

In the 2000s, the Liberals contracted private companies to build gas-fired power plants to meet electricity demand in the growing suburbs west of Toronto. One plant, to be built in Oakville, was contracted to energy giant TransCanada. The other, in Mississauga, was to be constructed by a little-known company called Eastern Power run by brothers Gregory and Hubert Vogt, through subsidiary Greenfield South.

But both plants ran into opposition from locals who didn’t want them built in their neighbourhoods. The well-heeled denizens of Oakville even managed to bring in Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist made famous by a Julia Roberts movie, for one protest. Whether there was actually any health or safety risk from the plants is debatable, but the politics prevailed.

Mississauga and Oakville are both in the 905 belt around Toronto, named after the local area code, which is typically the main battleground in provincial elections. The Liberals were trailing in the polls ahead of the 2011 vote and badly needed to hold on to their core of suburban seats to win.

In October 2010, Mr. McGuinty cancelled the Oakville plant. A year later, in the middle of the election campaign, he promised to cancel the Mississauga plant, too. The Liberals won re-election, including all the seats in the vicinity of the plants.

In order to compensate TransCanada and Eastern for cancelling the plants, the government gave each of them a new contract to build a plant somewhere else. TransCanada is now building a plant near Napanee; Eastern is building one in Lambton County, near Sarnia. The electricity will have to be piped from those locations to the Toronto suburbs, where the power is needed.

Extra costs and savings due to gas-plant cancellations

SOURCE: Ontario Auditor-General

How much did it cost, and why?

Originally, the Liberals said cancelling the gas plants would cost $230-million. That total represented the price for compensating TransCanada and Eastern for sunk costs, the money they had already spent on the plants.

But that total did not take into account the added costs of building the new plants in Napanee and Lambton. It will cost extra to transmit the electricity from these locations back to the Toronto area, where it is needed. So building in those locations will be more expensive than building in Mississauga and Oakville.

The Ontario auditor-general estimates that when you add it all up – sunk costs, plus the extra price of putting the plants in Napanee and Lambton – cancelling the plants cost up to $1.1-billion.

It also cost Mr. McGuinty his job – after details of the cancellations were revealed in the fall of 2012, Mr. McGuinty announced he would quit his post as premier after nine years. Kathleen Wynne, a cabinet minister and co-chair of the Liberals’ 2011 campaign, won the leadership a few months later.

Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty speaks on June 25, 2013. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

Why are the police involved?

After the 2011 election, the Liberals were reduced to a minority of seats in the legislature. A committee dominated by the two opposition parties started investigating the gas plant cancellations. As part of the investigation, the committee asked for thousands of pages of internal government documents, including e-mails between Liberal political aides. The committee has the right to demand these kinds of documents under a principle called “parliamentary privilege.”

The Liberals released some documents, but the opposition accused them of not releasing everything. Then, two of Mr. McGuinty’s former aides told the committee they regularly deleted all their e-mails. Peter Wallace, then the head of the Ontario civil service, also revealed that Mr. McGuinty’s former chief of staff, Mr. Livingston, had asked him how to erase the hard drives of government computers.

Provincial law requires that political staffers preserve government records. The Progressive Conservatives also alleged that deleting those e-mails violates the criminal code. So they asked the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate.

An Ontario Provincial Police car is seen in this file photo. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)

What did the police find?

Police accuse Mr. Livingston and Ms. Miller of arranging to get their hard drives and the hard drives of several other Liberal staffers erased shortly before Mr. McGuinty stepped down in February 2013. To do this, police say, they brought in Ms. Miller’s partner, Peter Faist. Mr. Faist, police say, used software called WhiteCanyon to wipe the data off the computers.

Investigators seized government computers and found Mr. Faist erased 632,118 files from 20 different hard drives. They were able to recover some e-mails that suggest Mr. Livingston and Ms. Miller were specifically concerned with getting Mr. Faist to wipe the hard drives of staffers involved in the gas plant scandal. Police allege this was a criminal breach of trust, because they say it is prohibited to bring an outside IT expert, with no security clearance, and give him administrative access to government computers.

Another of Mr. McGuinty’s staff, Dave Gene, approved a $10,000 government payment to Mr. Faist for his services. When the payment became public in 2014, the Ontario Liberal Party reimbursed the provincial treasury for it.

Officers also uncovered e-mails from Mr. Livingston in which he discussed “double deleting” e-mails – erasing them from both the inbox and the server – so that they cannot be retrieved.

Investigators also accuse Mr. Livingston and Ms. Miller of dodging freedom of information requests related to the gas plants – claiming to have no records related to the cancellations when they actually did.

On December 17, 2015, Mr. Livingston and Ms. Miller were charged with breach of trust, mischief in relation to data and misuse of a computer system to commit mischief.

Both Mr. Livingston and Ms. Miller maintain they did nothing wrong.

Ms. Miller further accuses the OPP of having a “bias” against her because she complained about them to the Ontario Independent Police Review Director during the investigation. The police had alleged Ms. Miller refused to be interviewed by them; she said this was untrue and complained to the OIPRD. Ms. Miller said the OIPRD partially substantiated her complaint and ordered a disciplinary hearing for OPP Detective-Constable André Duval; the OPP is appealing the decision.

Who are David Livingston and Laura Miller?

Mr. Livingston, 63, left an executive post at TD Canada Trust in 2005 to become CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, the Crown corporation that builds billions of dollars of roads, schools, hospitals and transit lines. In the spring of 2012, Mr. McGuinty tapped him as chief of staff. He held the post for less than a year before Mr. McGuinty stepped down.

Ms. Miller, 36, is a veteran political staffer who spent a decade climbing the ladder at Queen’s Park. After Mr. McGuinty left office, she moved to British Columbia to work on Premier Christy Clark’s 2013 election campaign. Subsequently, she stayed on as executive director of the B.C. Liberals. Ms. Miller stepped down from that post when she was charged.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

What’s happening now, and what happens next?

The case is before the courts; Mr. Livingston and Ms. Miller have their first appearance Jan. 27 at Old City Hall in Toronto. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison.

As for the legislative committee that started the investigation, it’s under new management. After the Liberals won a majority government in 2014, they took most of the seats and promptly voted to end the investigation.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there was also secret cash payouts made to the teachers unions during last years contract negotiations )

October 27, 2015 9:02 pm Updated: October 27, 2015 9:12 pm

Ontario government continues to defend payouts to teachers’ unions

Christina Crop_LOW_WB By Christina Stevens
Senior Reporter Global News

The Ontario government is continuing to defend its millions of dollars in payouts to unions. Education Minister Liz Sandals says the payouts were reasonable given how the contracts turned out. Christina Stevens reports.

The education minister found herself on the defensive at Queen’s Park Tuesday, under fire for payouts to unions to cover bargaining expenses.

The Opposition demanded the government apologize to parents and students.

The payments are now believed to add up to about $7 million. The money doesn’t have to be accounted for through receipts.

The government said the payments allowed the negotiation of net-zero contracts, meaning salary increases are offset by savings elsewhere.

• Kathleen Wynne defends millions paid to teachers unions to cover bargaining expenses

• Minister of Education Liz Sandals talks during a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Teachers union disputes government claim of stalled negotiations

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Liz Sandals was asked why the money would go out, without accountability.

READ MORE: Ontario education minister says $1M payout to teachers’ union ‘not unusual’

“The accountability is net-zero,” she responded.

Sandals described the payments as compensation to the unions for the length of what she called “historic negotiations”.

Global News asked repeatedly whether the net-zero contracts justified not requiring receipts.

“We came to an agreement with our partners; it was part of a new process,” said Sandals.

The Opposition continued to criticize the payouts.

“This is inappropriate. Nowhere in Ontario is it appropriate to have major expenses with no receipts,” said PC Leader Patrick Brown.

Among those who received funding are the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, teachers working for the French board and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.

In contrast, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario said it has not accepted any government funding related to bargaining; it pays its own expenses.

Money has been paid to the Ontario Public School Board’s Association, which does the bargaining for the boards.

Its president said in their case, they absolutely have to provide receipts, and said the money goes toward things like hiring staff and paying per diems.

“There’s a very, very strong audit process for the reimbursement of expenses,” said Michael Barrett.

The Opposition said that in the interest of transparency the government should request the same of every union that receives funding.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( this fundraising event with wynne and her energy minister was a prime example of how corrupt her government has become , seeking donations from energy lobbyists for access to the energy minister )

Wynne defends $6,000 a head fundraising dinner with her and energy minister

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press
Posted Mar 8, 2016 8:41 am EDT
Last Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 9:20 am EDT


TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne denies a $6,000-a-head dinner co-sponsored with a high-powered lobbying firm is selling access to herself and her cabinet ministers.

Wynne said it’s her responsibility as a leader of a party to raise money, calling it part of the democratic process, and pointing out that all political parties in Ontario do both “high-end and low-end” fundraising.

“We need to follow the rules, and whatever the rules are, the money to run a party has to come from somewhere,” she said Monday.

“We have to be able to raise money in order to run campaigns, in order to get our message out into communities.”

Wynne and Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli will be attending the fundraising dinner co-sponsored by Sussex Strategy Group, and she said people get access to her all the time.

“I just spent two-and-a-half hours with mayors from across the region. They didn’t pay a cent,” Wynne said.

The premier declined to say who would be attending the dinner, but said all of the donations would be posted online as required.

Ontario’s opposition parties offered only muted criticism of Wynne’s fundraising methods because they do pretty much the same thing.

“I think what people want to see is that fundraising is not related to public policy decisions, so there’s no tie between government decisions and who it is that gives them money,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

“The issue becomes what comes out of the access.”

Progressive Conservative house leader Jim Wilson said he’s heard the Liberals have set minimum fundraising targets for every cabinet minister and for every backbencher who wants a promotion to the cabinet table.

“I think that’s more reprehensible than the fact that parties do raise money and they do have dinners,” said Wilson. “It looks bad when you have a single-interest dinner, and so I’m a little suspicious about what goes on behind closed doors.”

Ontario political parties have been slow to consider following the federal government’s lead to ban corporate and union donations, which makes fundraising a lot more difficult for politicians.

In Ontario, people, corporations or unions can donate $9,775 to a party each year, another $9,975 to the party for each campaign period, plus $6,650 annually to constituency associations of any one party, but no more than $1,330 annually to a single constituency association. They can also donate $6,650 to candidates of any one party in a campaign, but no more than $1,330 to a single candidate.

Federally, the maximum political contribution is $1,525 to each party, plus another $1,525 in total to all the registered associations and candidates of each party.

However, Ontario parties set their own limits for leadership campaigns.

Adam Moryto, 25, who describes himself as an actor and movie producer, made a single $100,000 donation to PC leadership candidate Christine Elliott in the 2015 campaign she lost to Patrick Brown, and there were many donations to both of $20,000 or more.

“Are they the right rules and do we need to change who can give what? Absolutely, I think we need to look at that,” said Wynne. “That’s the unavoidable question. I can tell you that we’re engaged in discussing that at the provincial level.”

PC Leader Patrick Brown said he supported the federal legislation to change the rules on corporate and union donations when he was a Conservative MP, and would like to see similar changes in Ontario.

“I have long argued that we need to clean up political party fundraising in Ontario, and I stand by that,” he said.

The NDP would not take a stand on banning corporate and union donations to political parties.

“At this point I’m waiting for the government to come forward with something,” said Horwath.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( wynne is now claiming she is the one to clean up the liberals mess , but is she really , I say if she's now against union and corporate donations , she could start by returning the money energy companies and teachers unions donated to the liberals at recent fundraisers instead of keeping it for the next election )

Wynne's meeting with opposition over political fundraising a 'farce'

By Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, April 11, 2016 07:49 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, April 11, 2016 07:55 PM EDT

TORONTO - Kathleen Wynne’s plan to reform political fundraising in Ontario came under fire from the opposition leaders she met with to talk about the changes.

The premier insisted she wants her seven-point plan to be either fully implemented or substantially underway by the next provincial election in June 2018.

She stressed that opposition leaders and Ontarians will have a chance to have their say over the new rules this summer as the law is developed.

But Wynne conceded that her plan had largely been written over the weekend, well before her meeting Monday with Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and the NDP’s Andrea Horwath.

“Yes, a substantial amount of it was written,” Wynne said. “I wrote it on Saturday, at my home.”

Wynne insisted that Brown and Horwath only wanted to talk about “process.”

“The fact is, the opposition leaders weren’t interested in engaging on the substance,” she said.

The much-publicized meeting came after revelations that Liberal cabinet ministers were assigned fundraising targets, and high-priced events promised access to those same officials. Wynne has subsequently pledged to reform political financing and cancelled all “private” fundraisers for her party.

Brown called the meeting a “farce” and is pushing for a public inquiry into political finance in Ontario.

He said Wynne asked at the outset of the meeting if he was going to “insist” on the public inquiry. When he said ‘yes,’ it changed the tone.

“I could see the fear in her eyes,” he said. “The meeting completely went south after that. There was no interest in input.”

Horwath said she, too, was disappointed with the meeting as Wynne went into it with her mind made up.

“I don’t know what the premier has been writing at her kitchen table,” she said. “I don’t know what the premier is going to come forward with. What we’re saying is that is absolutely, completely, the wrong kind of process.”

•Reform of third-party advertising rules, including definitions, anti-collusion measures and penalties, maximum spending limits “severely constrained” for elections.
•Ban on corporate and union donations.
•Reduction of maximum allowable donations in line with federal levels for political parties, associations, nomination contestants, candidates and leadership campaigns.
•Constraints on loans and loan guarantees to parties and candidates including leadership candidates.
•Reform of byelection donation rules.
•Overall reduction in spending limits by central parties in election periods and limits between elections.
•Introduction of leadership and nomination campaign spending limits and donation rules.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the liberals fundraising techniques might of been questionable but it appears they did raise a lot of money , I still say if it came from Unions and corporations it should be given back to them and not used to fund future campaigns )

Ontario Liberal Party millions ahead of rivals in fundraising

WIth ban coming on big donations, PCs and NDP will be hard-pressed to catch up by next election

By Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Apr 13, 2016 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016 6:28 AM ET

The Ontario Liberal Party has built up a significant lead in fundraising over its rivals, as Premier Kathleen Wynne prepares to reduce the amount of donations each party can raise.
The Ontario Liberal Party has built up a significant lead in fundraising over its rivals, as Premier Kathleen Wynne prepares to reduce the amount of donations each party can raise. (Pierre-Olivier Bernatchez/CBC)

Mike Crawley
Provincial Affairs Reporter

The rules of the political fundraising game are about to change in Ontario, and Premier Kathleen Wynne's party will have a head-start on the opposition when they do.

CBC News has learned that the Ontario Liberal Party has raised more than $11 million since the start of 2015, more than the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats have raised combined during the same time period.
■After CBC report, Wynne promises to close fundraising loophole
■Wynne cancels 'private' fundraisers for herself and ministers
■Wynne admits ministers have fundraising quotas

Data compiled from Elections Ontario puts the Liberals about $6 million ahead of the PCs and about $8.5 million ahead of the NDP. The latter figure is more than the Liberal Party's total spending on the 2014 election campaign.

With Premier Kathleen Wynne proposing to ban corporate and union donations starting next January and promising to drastically reduce the maximum donation by individuals, the other parties will find it almost impossible to catch the Liberals in fundraising by the next election.

"That will work to (the Liberals') advantage when the end for corporate and union contributions comes," said Robert MacDermid, associate professor of political science at York University.

Fundraising totals since Jan. 2015:
■Ontario Liberal Party: $11.3 million.
■Progressive Conservative Party: $3.9 million.
■New Democratic Party: $2.4 million.

Elections Ontario figures show the Liberals raised a staggering $9.2 million in 2015 and have reported $2.1 million in donations so far this year, for a total of $11.3 million.

The PCs have raised $3.9 million since the start of 2015 and the NDP $2.4 million

The PC figure could be as high as $5 million, thanks to money that candidates for the 2015 leadership race were required to pass on to the party. But even taking that into account, the Liberals still have a lead of at least $6 million.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath calls the timing of Wynne's move to reform political fundraising in Ontario 'curious.' (David Donnelly/CBC)

Wynne denies her party's financial standing relative to the opposition has anything to do with the timing of her reforms.

"It's just not true," Wynne told reporters at a news conference last Friday in Barrie.

"I know that allegation has been made a couple of times and it's just not true."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath described the timing of Wynne's decision to change the fundraising rules immediately after the Liberals held their biggest fundraising event of the year "curious."

"Why is it that all of a sudden, after a lot of coffers have been filled presumably, suddenly this is on the agenda?" Horwath said Tuesday in an interview with CBC News.

"It's all a bit suspect."

PC Leader Patrick Brown is less suspicious of the Liberals' motives for proposing to end corporate and union donations.

"There may be some short-term financial advantage but I think over the long term it will not be to their benefit," he told CBC News Tuesday.

All parties began 2015 deep in debt

Getting a clear picture of the current state of the fundraising race is a challenge because the parties have not yet filed their financial statements for the 2015 year-end. CBC News compiled these figures from the donations each party has reported to Elections Ontario since the start of last year.

All three parties entered 2015 with significant debt. Financial statements filed for the 2014 year-end showed the Liberals at $5.3 million in the red, the PCs with a $7.2 million shortfall and the NDP $4.9 million in the hole.

Wynne said last week that the Liberals are still in debt today, despite the money the party has raised.

"We have a debt and we'll have to tackle it under a new set of rules once the new legislation comes in," Wynne said.

Party officials put that debt at nearly $4 million.

All parties must file their balance sheet for the 2015 year-end to Elections Ontario by May 31.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( pc mpp Monte McNaughton has been investigating wynne government corruption and corporate welfare in Ontario and found that some of the companies that got money also donated to the provincial liberals , yet to find a more detailed article about this )

April 19, 2016

Ontario: Companies “donated to the Liberal Party, then received grants” from Wynne's government

Ezra Levant
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Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton returned to the show to talk about his five-year long look into the corporate welfare dealings carried out by Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberal government, to the tune of $5-billion each year.

He submitted a request at the beginning of the year for more information but says the government is refusing to cooperate.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( all opposition parties want an independent review of fundraising rules and laws in Ontario but wynne wants it reviewed by a liberal controlled committee instead and decided on by premiers office )

Tories, NDP and Greens want equal part in review of Ontario fundraising rules

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne delivers a lunch hour speech in Ottawa, Tuesday, January 20, 2015. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 3:47PM EDT

TORONTO -- A rare united front by three opposition leaders Tuesday wasn't enough to convince Premier Kathleen Wynne to agree to an independent review of Ontario's political fundraising rules.

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, the NDP's Andrea Horwath and Mike Schreiner of the Green Party held a joint news conference asking for an open and transparent review process, and warning the Liberals not to change the fundraising rules on their own.

"One of the reasons that our initial meeting with the premier went so badly is the premise of our first request was that this be non-partisan," said Brown.

"It will lack legitimacy if she has it hijacked by the premier's office or dictated by the Liberal party."

Horwath agreed the Liberals should not be in charge of reforming the regulations around campaign financing.

"The rules that govern our democracy should be built fairly and they should be built to last, not made according to the whims of any one political party," she said.

Wynne said the Liberals will introduce legislation next month to ban corporate and union donations, lower maximum contribution limits and regulate third-party advertising, and will send the bill out for two rounds of public hearings.

She wants some of the changes in place by Jan. 1, and claimed the opposition demands for an independent review panel would only delay the needed reforms.

"I am not willing to delay the process, I'm not willing to slow it down," Wynne told the legislature.

"I'm not willing to buy into the stalling tactics of the opposition parties."

The opposition leaders want a panel with equal representation from the four parties as well as members of the public, labour, business and academia, which would hold public hearings before making recommendations on new fundraising rules.

And they say their process could be done just as quickly as the Liberals' public hearings on their legislation.

The Green party wants to get the influence of "big money out of politics," and said the Liberals should open up the review process and not act on their own.

"It needs broad public input, and not just in committee hearings where people are responding to legislation, but actually in drafting the legislation," said Schreiner.

Horwath said she was "very disappointed" in Wynne's position, and warned another Liberal government-controlled committee is not the proper way to change such a fundamental part of the democratic process.

"It's very clear that the Liberal majority on committee is often used to shut down ideas and opposition amendments," she said.

"We need something that is broad, that's open and that's transparent, and that is not managed by or controlled by or directed by the premier's office and the governing party."

The opposition can call witnesses at the public hearings into the government's bill reforming the fundraising rules, added Wynne.

"The opposition parties can call whomever they choose to come speak to the legislation," said Wynne. "That's the definition of the democratic process as it works in this legislature and this province."

Brown still wants a public inquiry into the fundraising quotas of up to $500,000 that were imposed on Liberal cabinet ministers. He accuses them of soliciting donations from companies looking to get government contracts.

"We still believe a separate discussion needs to take place on what has happened in terms of a full examination of (government) contracts and grants, a spotlight on the ethical questions that have been raised," he said.

The Liberals have cancelled all private fundraising dinners and receptions, and Wynne said cabinet ministers will no longer try to raise money from companies lobbying their ministry for business.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( according to Brian Lilley , wynne has not cancelled all her fundraisers as originally claimed and in fact many more high priced fundraisers involving cabinet ministers are planned the in the next few weeks and months before the new rules are brought in . I realise political parties need to raise money but the liberals already appear to have a lot and the optics after having said these were going to stop but when in fact they continue doesn't look good )

April 25, 2016

Party finance reform? Wynne’s Liberal’s still busy “pimping out” Cabinet Ministers

Brian Lilley
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The disinformation from Wynne about questionable Liberal fundraising tactics continues and it really makes you wonder how they have time for anything else.

You might be under the impression that due to recent controversies, Wynne had pulled her Cabinet Ministers back from doing any fundraising, but that would be a mistake as I point out in my video.

This is a party that has consistently blurred the lines between party funds and government funds just like the old Chretien government did.

Liberal fundraising tactics aside, this doesn’t even begin to get at the question of problems with big union donations and lobbyists ensuring they receive favourable treatment that isn’t in the best interests of taxpayers.

Wynne may be sounding like she’s promising changes but it’s becoming apparent that she won’t do anything before spending the next few months sucking up as much money as they can by pimping out Cabinet Ministers.


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( the liberals continue to reject a united call for an "independent " process to draft a new law of campaign financing and have decided to push ahead with there own plan )

Ontario Liberals reject non-partisan process for campaign finance reform

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks to reporters as she arrives at the First Ministers meeting at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on Nov. 23, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, April 25, 2016 11:10AM EDT

TORONTO -- The Liberal government is dismissing a call by Ontario's opposition parties for a non-partisan process to reform political fundraising rules, and instead is asking for their input on draft legislation.

Premier Kathleen Wynne promises legislation next month to ban corporate and union donations to political parties and lower individual contribution limits, and she wants to have it in effect by Jan. 1, 2017.

Government house leader Yasir Naqvi has written the Progressive Conservatives, New Democrats and Green Party of Ontario asking for a meeting to discuss the "substantive ideas" they want to see in the draft bill.

The three opposition parties have said they want an independent process to reform campaign finance rules, and don't want to be in the position of simply reacting to legislation drawn up by the governing Liberals.

Naqvi sets out timelines for the bill in his letter, with four weeks of public hearings this summer on first reading, plus another round of hearings in the fall after the bill is amended for second reading.

He also says Ontario's chief electoral officer, Greg Essensa, would be called on the first day of hearings, but the opposition parties say Essensa should lead the process to reform the fundraising rules, not simply appear before a committee.

After they met recently to talk about tightening the rules, Wynne complained that the opposition leaders wanted to talk only about the process, which she said would delay implementation of changes that all parties agree they want.

The Tories also want a public inquiry into fundraising quotas of up to $500,000 that were imposed on Liberal cabinet ministers, accusing them of soliciting donations from companies looking to get government contracts.

Wynne has cancelled all private fundraising dinners and receptions, and said cabinet ministers will no longer try to raise money from companies lobbying their ministry for business.


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( charges have been stayed relating to the Sudbury by-election scandal but its not clear why at this point )

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Charges against Gerry Lougheed Jr. stayed -- Story will be updated

By Star Staff

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:38:41 EDT AM

Criminal charges against Gerry Lougheed Jr. related to the Sudbury byelection scandal have been stayed.

The Crown announced in a Sudbury courtroom on Wednesday its prosecution of Lougheed, a prominent Sudbury businessman and Liberal Party fundraiser, would not continue.

Charged were not dropped altogether, however, and the Crown does the option to bring them back within one year.

OPP had charged Lougheed in September with counselling an offence not committed and unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments.

Lougheed denied doing anything wrong.

Charges were laid after an OPP investigation into whether Lougheed operated properly when he spoke to former Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier in December 2014.

Lougheed asked Olivier not to seek the nomination for the February 2015 byelection because there was another candidate. That candidate turned out to be then-New Democrat MP Glenn Thibeault, who defected from his party and appointed by Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne to run in the byelection, which he won.

Olivier was the Liberal candidate in the June 2014 provincial election and lost to New Democrat Joe Cimino by fewer than 1,000 votes.

When Cimino resigned less than six months later, Olivier decided he would seek the Liberal nomination again, but Wynne chose to appoint Thibeault instead.

In recordings Olivier would later turn over to the OPP, Lougheed asked Olivier to clear the way for Thibeault and said the premier wanted to speak with him about "options in terms of appointments, jobs, whatever."

Olivier later went public with the recordings, prompting calls for an investigation.

This story will be updated.


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Unfair to have OPP investigate Liberal wrongdoing

By Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park Columnist
First posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 04:56 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 07:49 PM EDT

I rest my case.

Way back in the days of the first investigations into the deleted emails and the Ornge air ambulance scandals, I said the OPP shouldn’t probe these cases.

I said the allegations should be kicked up to the RCMP.

Now that charges have been stayed against Sudbury Liberal operative Gerry Lougheed, it’s clear why the provincial police should not be investigating the provincial government over anything — deleted emails in the gas plant scandals, Ornge air ambulance, Sudbury byelection.

It’s unfair to them. No matter what they do, they’ll be damned.

We have no idea why the Sudbury charges have been stayed — not dismissed, just on hold for now. If the Crown doesn’t reinstate the charges with a year, they’ll be dropped for good.

The allegations came about after last year’s Sudbury byelection, in which it was alleged Lougheed offered another candidate an inducement to step aside to make way for the Liberals’ star candidate, former NDP MP Glenn Thibeault.

The fact the charges were stayed just months before they were due to go to court leaves too many unanswered questions.

And it leaves everyone dissatisfied and muddies the waters.

Asking the OPP to investigate Liberal wrongdoing is like asking you to probe your boss. You’re screwed either way. If you find your boss guilty, he or she is going to fire you. And if you find him or her not guilty, the rest of the world is going to nod and wink and say, “Oh, SURE, they’re not guilty.”

We shouldn’t put our provincial cops in that kind of a conflict.

Heck, you’d think the premier’s office would want a different police force to investigate so that not only is justice done, it’s seen to be done.

Criminal Code charges were laid by the OPP in September of last year.

In February 2015, Elections Ontario CEO Greg Essensa issued an unprecedented report alleging contraventions of the Elections Act. Police are still investigating those charges.

Essensa said he believed two Liberal operatives — Pat Sorbara, Wynne’s deputy chief of staff, and Lougheed — contravened the Elections Act by offering former candidate Andrew Olivier an inducement to step aside in the nomination for the Sudbury byelection to make way for Thibeault.

“No chief electoral officer of Ontario has ever conducted a regulatory investigation into allegations of bribery or ever reported an apparent contravention of the home statutes of my office to the attorney general,” Essensa said in his report.

This would have been far more appropriately handled by the RCMP, especially given the $30,000 the Ontario Provincial Police Association donated to the Ontario Liberal Party in 2014 and the attack ads OPPA sponsored aimed at then-PC leader Tim Hudak.

Brockville Tory MPP Steve Clark issued a statement Wednesday saying it’s odd the charges were stayed before the Elections Ontario probe is complete.

“I believe that the public needs to be told that even if charges are laid under the Election Act and someone is convicted of those charges, the criminal trial against Lougheed could still go ahead,” he said.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is said to be “pleased” that the veteran Liberal fundraiser is off the hook — for now. I bet she is.

These charges should never have been dealt with at the provincial level. They should be handed to the Mounties.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If there was a scrap of real professionalism in the OPP, there's no reason to assume they couldn't do the job. But the whole nexus of police, the crown, and the government is mixed up in a politicized court system and administration of justice.

What does the Michael Bryant case tell you, except that they Attorney-General's office is a political office, prosecuting things that are not crimes (goodle Gregory Allen Elliott, twitter for just one example), and replacing legislated law with 'human rights' ...

The whole nest of vipers has to be cleaned out. But that'll never happen.
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