Archive for June, 2018

Canadian Top 40 Political Blog Award

Mind Bending Politics has been presented with an award by the site feedspot as being one of the Top 40 Canadian Political Blogs for 2018. I am very humbled by this award and to be included in a list of other outstanding political sites like Rabble, IPolitics, and Macleans. To all those who are regular readers to Mind Bending Politics I want to thank each and every one of you for your support, and most importantly your shares over social media that have spread the word on this blog tremendously, and have greatly contributed to its success.

To my syndicates at progressivebloggers, and unpublishedottawa thank you for believing in this blog and in many cases keeping me motivated to continue writing about politics, and sharing stories that needed to be told.  Thank you for allowing us political bloggers a platform to spread our thoughts and help us contribute to important public policy and political discussions.

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Ford Nation Gets Sued by Ford Nation

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.

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BREAKING: Ontario PC Candidate Facing Multiple Claims of Fraud

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.

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Wynne Falls on Own Sword: Let the Exodus Begin

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.

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Major Developments On 407 Fraud Could Be Imminent

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.

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