Ontario tenants rights Ontario landlord and tenant act Ontario Residential Tenancies Act Ontario government Poverty research Apartments for rent Ontario Hydro Search Ontario tenants rights
Toronto apartments for rent

Grit fundraisers spur calls for disclosure

London Free Press - August 28, 2004
by Alan Findlay

Ontario's governing Liberals are rejecting calls to immediately cough up lists of people paying as much as $5,000 to golf with the premier and cabinet ministers. The government is instead vowing to propose election finance reforms this fall. Premier Dalton McGuinty will hold the latest of several fundraising golf tournaments outside Ottawa on Monday, raising concerns from critics about who is buying access to McGuinty and other cabinet ministers.

"I don't think they want us to know who's influencing their decision-making at this point," said New Democrat MPP Marilyn Churley, calling on the Grits to make good on an election promise and provide "real-time" disclosure on donations rather than several months after the fact.

Monday's fundraiser charges as much as $5,000 for golf with McGuinty.

Last week, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan's Windsor-St. Clair riding association held a golf fundraiser two days before the government accepted bids on new electricity generation contracts. Among those donating to Duncan's re-election efforts were energy companies.

Duncan wasn't available for comment yesterday, but said this week his office has no influence over the bidding competition, which is overseen by a consulting company.

Ontario Liberal Fund president Brent Johnston said the fund will only disclose its donor information to Elections Ontario at the end of the year. "We do have to follow the legislation and the legislation says we file yearly," said Johnston, adding more regular disclosure would require an overhaul of the party's reporting systems.

Visit the London Free Press newspaper

  Toronto apartments
  Ottawa apartments
  Oakville apartments
  Mississauga apartments
  Ontario Hydro
  Toronto Lawyers & Paralegals
  Ottawa Lawyers & Paralegals

Places to visit on the site:
Ontario Tenants homepage         |       Residential Tenancies Act       |     Finding an apartment
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Q&A   |   Housing and poverty reports   |   Elections
Tenant rights and social justice     |     Renters muncipal issues     |     Rent Control
Apartment safety & security  | Tenant health: Toxic mould, cockroaches  | Consumer Information
Tenant association organizing   |    Utility costs: Ontario hydro, natural gas   |    Ontario MPP list