Campaign Notebook: Ford juggling scandals, more complaints filed
TORONTOâ" Weâre only on day ten of the provincial campaign but already Elections Ontario is getting buried in complaints.
Tasting blood, the NDP and Liberals are jumping on the Tories and calling for two new investigations into two separate issues. The new complaints are on top of another filed on Wednesday by third-party group Ontario Proud.
Hereâs a look at the latest files to land with the elections watchdog:
- From Ryan OâConnor: OâConnor is affiliated with Ontario Proud, a group backing the Tories, he is accusing a campaign called âWomen for Wynneâ of being an unregistered third party; saying that Liberal candidates colluded with the third party; and also alleging that âWomen for Wynneâ is in fact not a third party, in which case OâConnor says that would trigger other violations. The Liberals say itâs a volunteer group that d oesnât meet the definition of a third-party. The complaint was filed on May 15.
- From the NDP: the party is calling for an investigation into the fate of customer data that was allegedly stolen from 407 ETR. The National Post is linking the theft to the resignation of the Progressive Conservativeâs Brampton East candidate Simmer Sandhu. In his resignation tweet Sandhu called the unnamed allegations âbaseless.â The New Democrats filed the complaint May 16.
- From the Liberals: the Grits are asking Elections Ontario to investigate another damaging story first reported by the Toronto Star. They say a fundraiser attended by Tory Leader Doug Ford broke the rules on several fronts, first through Fordâs attendance, second through the too-high ticket price and thirdly by not disclosing the fundraiser. Ford said he was at the event because he was âmisinformedâ about its purpose. The Liberalsâ complaint was fil ed on May 16.
The latest complaints are on top of others filed between the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in the last month. Elections Ontario said its policy is not to discuss complaints, including whether they were received.
Ford kicks his feet up heading into the long weekend
For the second day this week Ford only has one publicly scheduled event to attend. Heâs making a health care announcement in a riding heâs hoping to steal from the Liberals. Liberal Deb Matthews isnât re-offering in London North Centre, upping Fordâs chances of a snag.
Ford also only had one public event on Tuesday, which was likely to ensure he wouldnât step on his own message.
After spending day nine trying to shore up Liberal-held ridings, Premier Kathleen Wynne will spend most of day ten stomping on other peopleâs turf. Heading into the May long weekend, Wynne is still trailing in third place, according to public opinion polls. She will start the day in the Liberal riding of Spadinaâ"Fort York, before heading to Progressive Conservative ridings of Simcoeâ"Grey and Dufferinâ"Caledon.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will start her Friday in what should be safe territory for the New Democrats. The party usually eats their competitorsâ lunch in Northern Ontario. She will make an announcement in the new riding of Kiiwetinoong and then head to Kenoraâ"Rainy River.
Her second stop may be in a riding that proves more difficult to hang on to. The NDP incumbent in the riding isnât re-offering and the Progressive Conservatives have a well-known candidate in former federal minister Greg Rickford.
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