The widow of PC leader Doug Ford’s brother Rob is suing Doug for $16.5 million. Doug Ford is the trustee of the estate of his late brother Rob Ford. In a statement of claim filed Friday in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Renata Ford (Rob’s widow) alleges that former brother-in-law and PC leader Doug Ford is a “negligent” business manager whose decisions have led a sustained decrease in the value of Deco Labels, Ford’s company. The lawsuit also alleges that the PC leader has continued to receive “extravagant compensation,” even though Deco is losing money.
The statement of claim also alleges that the PC Leader “knowingly and deliberately put (Renata and her two children) in a highly stressful and unfair financial position during their period of grief after Rob Ford’s death, and continued to do so for more than two years after Rob Ford’s death.”
Renata’s claims lie with the assets of the family company, Deco Labels. In her statement of claim Renata alleges that, when Rob died, she was left with Rob’s shares in Deco. Renata said soon after, Doug approached her and suggested they settle the estate without involving lawyers. Shortly after is when the business started to lose money.
The Toronto Star has an in depth look at the statement of claim along with statements from the PC Leader. You can also view the statement of claim below.
The PC candidate for Brampton North Ripudaman Dhillon is currently facing four lawsuits, and eight claims of fraud stemming from his immigration consultancy business. Former clients allege he duped them out of tens of thousands of dollars, court documents show.
Dhillon’s candidacy was green lit under Ford. A PC party spokesperson told QP Briefing over the weekend:
“These concerns were reviewed by the Provincial Nominating Committee and the party was satisfied with the conclusion”
PC Leader Doug Ford stated over the weekend that he was unaware of the complaints against Dhillon. Ford has recently cancelled several planned media interviews in the coming days.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath stated over the weekend she found the allegations “very disturbing” adding:
“It raises more questions than answers about what the PCs’ process is and also what Mr. Ford is prepared to allow to pass as appropriate for his candidates. You have police investigations by three different police forces into Mr. Ford’s candidates,” she said, referring to unrelated controversies concerning the party. You’ve got the nomination scandals in a number of different ridings, unanswered questions around the 407 data and how that’s been used or may still be being used by candidates.”
Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne stated:
“What on earth is their vetting process? What on earth went through the minds of the people who signed off on a candidate with that history, that present, to say that it was okay for them to run for a major party in the province”
We’ll continue to monitor this over the next few days and post developments as they become available.
In a surprising turn of events, Ontario Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne has conceded that the Liberals will not win the next election. Some recent projections have the party holding on to maybe one or two seats after the polls close on June 7th. This concession has effectively thrown most of her candidates under the bus. There are reports surfacing on social media that those who have been supporting the Liberals in this election are starting to take their election signs down.
It’s widely expected that with this concession, Liberal voters will move their support to the more progressive option in this election which is the NDP. PC leader Doug Ford remained virtually silent on Wynne’s concession today. In fact over the past several days reporters following Ford’s campaign have reported on social media that he is being held back by his team, cancelling scheduled media interviews and generally not answering any questions. The last time this happened for a length of time, a major story ended up breaking regarding alleged fraud by a former 407 ETR employee and PC candidate. I posted yesterday that there are indications and a lot of chatter that details of relating to the 407 story could be forthcoming in a matter of days.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath responded to Wynne’s concession that the only party able to stop a Ford government and a right wing populist movement is to vote NDP. Current polling has both the NDP and the PC’s neck and neck. This will most likely change over the next few days as we see Liberal voters move over to the NDP.
While Wynne’s move is admirable to some, the hell this government put families of autistic children through over the past two years is not. Karma as it seems has run its full course. Future governments should take note.
There has been a lot of chatter over the past few days on social media that has been making the rounds with people who follow politics closely, that major developments regarding the 407 ETR fraud investigation could be inbound over the next few days. That chatter, seems to coincide with Liberal lawyers poking the bear on this issue, as Newstalk1010 picked up the exclusive from the Liberals.
A letter was sent out today by the lawyers representing the Ontario Liberal Party asking Ontario’s chief electoral officer Greg Essensa to ensure that 407 ETR bills are not used as identification on voting day due to the fact that it is “reasonably likely” 407 ETR data was used fraudulently by the Progressive Conservatives during their nominations. Given the fact that the advanced polls closed earlier this week, this letter today could suggest that there have been recent developments unfolding.
Two police districts are looking into the possibility of fraud and identity theft allegedly conducted by a former PC party candidate during the parties nominations earlier this year. Elections Ontario has also confirmed that they are investigating as well. You can read the letter below: Click on images to enlarge.
The PC’s released a platform today outlining the costs associated on their campaign promises but failed to provide any information on how these promises would be paid for. Mike Moffatt who is a director at the independent think tank Canada 2020, and an associate professor at the Ivey Business School, has crunched the latest numbers in an updated post, and as you can see from the above the party is still with the highest deficit projections.
What’s worse is that the party platform released today, may have not been approved by the party:
Two Conservative sources told the Star that Ford’s platform not only lacks a fiscal plan but also wasn’t formally approved by the party’s policy committee, as is required by the PC constitution.
As one conservative commentator put it:
They seem to be relying on the plumbs of “The People’s Guarantee” without the funding of the carbon tax.
The question is: what tax are they replacing it with?
If no plan to bring in tax, two possibilities:
— Maddie Di Muccio (@MaddieDiMuccio) May 30, 2018
A new EKOS poll released today shows the current election in Ontario in a dead heat with the NDP up slightly at 38.4%, PC’s 37.9%, Liberals at 19.1%, and the Greens at 3.3%.
There is a lot of volatility with the millennial vote in this poll as the millennials have been known to screw with pollsters. Frank Graves the CEO of EKOS stated over twitter they found a lot of volatile movement in the polling samples from the millennial’s and they were having a hard time getting a good read on that. In fact this poll was delayed for a few days to confirm what they were seeing in the data.
What’s more interesting is that the NDP seems to be chewing at the PC base, showing NDP leads now with older voters:
And a shift in support by the middle class which the NDP now lead in:
What does all this mean. It means that if the NDP continue to chew at the PC base, the NDP could likely win more seats even if they are a few points ahead. If that base shifts back to the PC’s the same scenario would play out on the PC side. When asked about the possibility of a late shift in the polls a few days prior to election day, Graves had this to offer on social media:
Don’t expect as much .There has already been huge movement . Because of the tightness of race, even modest movements could yield profoundly different outcomes.
— Frank Graves (@VoiceOfFranky) May 30, 2018
So buckle up! It looks like this election will be decided at the ballot box on June 7th. But if current trends continue, the NDP could likely to form the next government in Ontario.
Whether you plan to vote strategically or you are curious to see how your riding is shaping up, the tooclosetocall site has an excellent Ontario Elections Simulator that crunches the numbers on a riding by riding basis. These numbers also factor in the undecided vote, voter efficiency and incumbency. The latest numbers as of today May 28th, 2018 are displayed below. Visit the tooclosetocall Ontario election simulator for updated results until election day.
Don’t forget you can vote throughout the week at advanced polling stations until Wednesday May 30th, at 8pm, and of course on Election Day June 7th. For more information on locations of advanced polls and any other voting related questions, visit the Elections Ontario website.