McGuinty accepts donations from Public Funded Utility!

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Dalton publicly stated he would never accept donations from Publicly Funded bodies per this : “When the issue first surfaced a year ago, the Liberal Party posted a note on its website saying it does not accept donations from public bodies, but that note was later removed from the party’s site.”

That was then, this is now I assume.  What could the “pay back be” when it comes to a donation from a Utility such as Thunder Bay Hydro?  That’s the question.  Politics make strange bedfellows to say the least.  I assume the people of Thunder Bay will all approve of this seeing they are such fans of Dalton and Gang?  I guess we will never know just like the people of Thunder Bay probably didn’t know about this.  This must be the way business is done in Ontario and that must be the reason our local municipalities and utilities aren’t getting any specialized treatment from Queen’s Park.  We haven’t  forked over any “bribes” lately!!……whoops, I mean “donations”!

 

Read the story here:

Dalton McGuinty: Rules Being Followed On Donations From Public Utilities

9/22/11 HuffPost Canada

TORONTO – Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Liberal Party of Ontario should not be accepting donations from publicly owned or funded agencies including hydro utilities, the opposition parties said Thursday.

Elections Ontario documents show Thunder Bay Hydro donated the maximum amount allowed — $1,244.32 — to the local Liberal riding association last year, at a time when electricity rates are soaring as the province spends billions to rebuild its electricity system.

“We don’t take those donations, and I think Dalton McGuinty should do the same thing,” Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said after a campaign event in Toronto.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she was “quite shocked and surprised” that the Liberals are still taking donations from public utilities after vowing last year to stop the practice.

“When you pay your utility bill, you don’t expect part of your bill to be going to a donation to a political party,” said Horwath.

“Seems to me that there was a commitment made by the McGuinty Liberals that they were going to stop taking donations from public utilities or from even private utilities, as well as municipalities and other ratepayer organizations.”

McGuinty said he is confident the donations didn’t break any rules.

“There are stringent rules in place, and I would fully expect that those rules would be observed,” McGuinty said when asked about the appropriateness of donations from municipally owned utilities.

Robert Mace, president of Thunder Bay Hydro, said the utility does not make direct donations to political parties, but did pay to send top executives and board members to a speech by Liberal Energy Minister Brad Duguid.

“I can tell you unequivocally we don’t just make a donation,” Mace said in an interview.

“The only thing I can think that would be was when Brad Duguid was in, and up here you don’t see the minister very often, so when he comes to Thunder Bay we want to hear what he has to say about electricity policy.

 

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