How many sets of laws exist in Ontario? We’ve always said there’s laws for the rich and another set for the poor, but I guess there’s also a set for the Left versus a set for the Right wingers in politics!
Rob Ford used City stationary for a fund raiser for underprivileged children which led to a conflict of interest when he attended a meeting to decide if he should refund the money raised under those circumstances………………small potatoes compared to the massive debt Ontario is enduring and the scandals surrounding this debt. The OPP is STILL investigating the ORNGE scandal. The Premier has quit instead of answering questions which “could” bring contempt charges against him…………
Serious stuff, not penny anty!
November 26th, 2012 CHRISTINA BLIZZARD QMI AGENCY
ONTARIO AIR AMBULANCE ORNGE Credits: QMI AGENCY
We can start with former Government Services minister Harinder Takhar.
In 2006, integrity commissioner Coulter Osborne found Takhar broke the Integrity Act by assigning a political ally to manage his business assets in a blind trust. The trustee is supposed to operate at arm’s length from the minister.
Osborne said Takhar was “egregiously reckless” in the way he handled his business assets while in cabinet.
Not only did Takhar not step down. He steadfastly hung in.
In Liberal circles, breaching the Integrity Act is a badge of honour, it would seem.
Premier Dalton McGuinty didn’t shuffle him. Takhar was returned to cabinet after the 2007 election. And last week, Takhar announced he’s running to be premier of the province.
And what about the $1-billion eHealth boondoggle?
Heck, here’s the judge bringing down the hammer hard on Ford over $3,000.
Just think what he’ll do when he finds out about all those millions of dollars in sole-sourced contracts that went to Liberal buddies over eHealth.
Ford’s so-called “sins” pale by comparison when you consider one Liberal-friendly consultant was picking up $3,600 a day for work he did for the government.
Then there’s so-called “Colle-gate” – where hundreds of thousands of dollars was blown out the door with no accountability, no followup.
One grant of $250,000 went to the Bengali Cultural Society in Toronto after the intervention of Liberal MP Maria Minna. A grant of $200,000 was given to the Iranian Canadian Community Centre – an organization whose entire board of directors donated money to the provincial Liberal party.
They gave $850,000 to the Ontario Cricket Association – a grant the cricket club hadn’t even asked for.
Then there’s the Ornge air ambulance scandal.
“To the nose of this watchdog, this just didn’t pass the smell test,” auditor general Jim McCarter said when he released his scathing report.
Who was at the helm of the health ministry when both eHealth and Ornge got rolling?
Well, that would be former health minister George Smitherman. Keep that in mind when the former mayoral candidate – defeated by Ford – starts to get preachy about his former rival.
Finally, there’s the $1-billion gas plant boondoggle.