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Conservative political pundit and talk show host Tasha Kheiriddin stated in a CBC social media live chat this evening, that she believes the move by Premier Doug Ford to reduce Toronto City Council and interference in several municipal elections has less to do with saving money and fixing government, than it does trying to manipulate the outcome to ensure left leaning candidates do not get in. You can view Kheiriddin’s remarks below:
Doug Ford stood in front of cameras today, and used language I thought I would never see in Canada. Ford suggested that less democratic representation is needed to fix regional and municipal governments and save tax payers money. The problem with politicians – Ford stated – was that the more of them the less gets done. These are extremely dangerous words coming from a politician in government, and if he gets away with this than why stop at municipal governments? Is this going to be the start of all out dismantling of our democratic institutions by right wing extremists? Today was a horrible day for our democracy.
With the political weaponization of the #metoo movement for partisan purposes, and questions surrounding the media’s active role in it, CTV has filed a statement of defense against a lawsuit former Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown launched on the network. Brown claims that the network didn’t do it’s due diligence in following up with sources the network used to bring forth allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown. CTV has responded stating it acted lawfully when reporting on the allegations. There are several questions surrounding Brown’s departure and the credibility of the sources CTV has used.
You can read both statement of claims below.
Patrick Brown’s Statement of Claim
CTV’s Statement of Defense
The Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod told her federal counterparts last night that the province is withdrawing support for the resettlement of migrants entering into Canada from the US. The Ford Government instead is insisting that municipalities deal with the crisis. The federal government has earmarked an initial payment of $11 million to Ontario to help with the financial burden of the migrant crisis. It is unclear whether that money will flow to Ontario municipalities or whether the municipalities will be on the hook for the financial costs of resettlement. If the municipalities do pick up the tab for this crisis, it could result in substantial increases in municipal taxes which would more than offset any tax breaks the provincial government has coming down the pipeline.
What are migrants fleeing? Most of them have been waiting for Asylum in the US, and under Trump they fear they will be deported back to countries that are unsafe. Recently the US has backed out of the United Nations Human Rights Council. There have been significant concerns regarding separation of families seeking asylum in the US from violent and lawless countries in South America. Now there are concerns regarding the legal representation of these children.
Today my client was excited to push the elevator buttons on the way to her first deportation hearing. Afterwards I congratulated her on tying her shoes by herself. She’s 6 and @TheJusticeDept thinks she should only get a lawyer if she can pay for one https://t.co/e6fSuTKHIe
— Laura Barrera, Esq. (@abogada_laura) February 26, 2018
There are now reports circulating that some children are defending themselves in immigration court often times without a lawyer. An excellent dramatization on what these children face in the US:
The Trump administration is forcing children as young as toddlers to represent themselves in immigration courts pic.twitter.com/JTtEAooyQI
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 3, 2018
I find it very telling that the Minister responsible for Children and Social Services has displayed how gutless she is, and would not do everything in her power to show compassion for the families, instead she has taken a neo-conservative ideological view on the migrant crisis, and has effectively wiped the provinces hands clean of those seeking protection from an abusive regime, and exiting left stage with no comment.
UPDATE: 07/05/2018 6:17pm
Premier Doug Ford’s office has responded with the following, and it’s still not clear who will be picking up the costs related to resettlement:
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.
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.