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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.
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.
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
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.
A leaked document reportedly from the Toronto Sun has emerged. In the documents handed to independent media organization CANADALAND show a clear ideological advertising strategy geared towards “exposing the Liberal record during the campaign and advocating for change“. While it is normal for editorial boards to weigh in on the election, this goes far, far beyond that.
The document shows a detailed strategy geared towards unseating the Ontario Liberals. Recently Ontario changed its election laws around third party advertisers. It is unclear whether these documents run foul of those laws, however the fact that there is a detailed strategy in the first place, and the media organization (according to these documents) is clearly advocating for change, will most likely have the eye of Elections Ontario going forward.
Former Sun Media Vice President Kory Teneycke is currently running Doug Ford’s campaign.