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Doug Ford, Premier

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
How the heads of lobbying firms have become part of Doug Ford’s inner circle


Premier Doug Ford relies on the heads of two lobbying firms for advice, giving them access to his inner circle and influence over Ontario politics through strategic direction, crisis management and input on the recent cabinet shuffle.


The close relationships have been fostered in an ethics environment that critics say allows a blurring of lines between lobbying, political campaigning and advising on government operations.


Chris Froggatt and Kory Teneycke, who started government-relations firms weeks after helping the Progressive Conservative Party win the election last year, have become powerful backroom advisers to the Premier at the same time as their employees lobby his administration. Their firms have each signed up more than two dozen clients, many of which have a financial interest in government initiatives, including liberalizing beer and wine sales, rolling out cannabis retail policies and tendering on public-sector construction contracts.
 

Mondieu

TRIBE Member
Nepotism/insiders has always been present in the public service. I've seen multiple occasions. Thus, no surprise here.
You just tried to differentiate between two sides of the same coin, without acknowledging that it’s double-headed. You just slagged off a previous government because your perception of public-purse decimation is based on the fact that you dislike one party more than the other.

Let’s wait until the dust settles on all the existing and future service cuts, pay-outs, zoning changes, developer ball-washing, early-retirements, gas-pump sticker pocket-padding and contract-cancellations.

Then we’ll do the math and ethics thing.
 

wickedken

TRIBE Member
You just tried to differentiate between two sides of the same coin, without acknowledging that it’s double-headed. You just slagged off a previous government because your perception of public-purse decimation is based on the fact that you dislike one party more than the other.

Let’s wait until the dust settles on all the existing and future service cuts, pay-outs, zoning changes, developer ball-washing, early-retirements, gas-pump sticker pocket-padding and contract-cancellations.

Then we’ll do the math and ethics thing.
Alright. I'll pull up a chair and we'll do the math and ethics thing.

Edit: developer ball-washing could be informative too.
 
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Mondieu

TRIBE Member
Alright. I'll pull up a chair and we'll do the math and ethics thing.

Edit: developer ball-washing could be informative too.
Developer ball-washing and the off-loading of public services are just “Conservative” speak for “we tried to balance the budget”.

...but the lined pockets always tell a different story.
 

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
When the Blue Crew does it, WickedKen goes to bat for minimizing or deflecting on their behalf. One could say WickedKen is washer of blue balls.
 

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
Power to the people!


Ontario government to reverse direction on autism program and provide families with needs-based support


Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, is expected to announce on Monday that the government will move to design a funding program based on the needs of individual children. The new program will work within a $600-million budget, according to an e-mail about the plan sent by Mr. Smith’s chief of staff, Sarah Letersky, to the government’s autism advisory panel and obtained by The Globe and Mail.


That program, announced earlier this year, was met with outrage from families whose funding for autism services for children with complex needs would be significantly cut. Some said they faced the prospect of their children returning to school full-time in the fall and regressing because their government funding had been cut by tens of thousands of dollars.


It is yet to be determined if the new plan will bring back full funding for these families, but autism advocates are hopeful children will receive the therapy they need. The minister is to announce that the government is working toward a “sustainable” needs-based program that “serves as many children and youth as possible,” Ms. Letersky’s e-mail said
 

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
Are you still surprised by the mass budget cutting and attempts since Ford was elected?
Are you still surprised by the level of ineptitude and mismanagement and cronyism and corruption and lying and avoiding the press at all costs because he's just unfit to lead or be in office?
 

wickedken

TRIBE Member
Are you still surprised by the level of ineptitude and mismanagement and cronyism and corruption and lying and avoiding the press at all costs because he's just unfit to lead or be in office?
I'm just as surprised as you are in many aspects but I'm also surprised that you would think that this government would play out any differently.
 
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