QUEEN’S PARK – For some time now, the leader of the NDP has been casting around innuendo about supposed improprieties as if she were simply saying, “Good morning,” or “How are you doing?”
She has accused our government of transgressions of accepting money from energy companies that attended political fundraisers, when she knows there is nothing illegal about this activity, and when, in fact, the leader of the NDP, as an individual and as the head of her party, has done the very same thing. She accepted money for her leadership campaign from energy companies, and she accepted money for their party from energy companies.
First the NDP said accepting donations from energy utilities was wrong, but then the leader of the NDP was exposed for accepting $1,000 from Union Gas for her leadership campaign, and as a party, the NDP has accepted thousands from Enwave and from Suncor. Then the leader of the NDP tried to argue it was okay to accept money from private, not public, companies, but then it was disclosed that the NDP had accepted donations from Five Nations Energy Inc., a non-profit entity owned by First Nations communities.
The NDP leader seems to have no problem with the practice of receiving money from energy utilities, private or public, as long as the money went to her campaign or the NDP. The NDP has raked others through the mud for conduct she has no problem with when it applies to herself or her party. By doing so, she is doing a disservice to all who sit in this House and to those who might consider putting their name on a ballot.
Bill Mauro MPP
Thunder Bay Atikokan