“Doug Ford has given his family’s lawyer, Gavin Tighe, a $667,000 government contract with the Public Accountants Council.” – Ontario’s Official Opposition and NDP Party
A News Release from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted September 9th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Taras Natyshak, NDP MPP for Essex, released the following statement regarding the appointment of Gavin Tighe, long-time Ford’s family lawyer and campaign donor, to chair the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario.
“Doug Ford has given his family’s lawyer, Gavin Tighe, a $667,000 government contract with the Public Accountants Council.
This looks like yet another pricey patronage appointment for Ford’s friends and insiders – one that serves Ford and his friends, but not people or the province. Just like Ford’s decision to give his campaign advisor and political supporter Reuben Devlin a $1 million contract, with this new appointment, Ontarians are footing a big bill for Ford to repay favours to friends.”
A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
“We have taken back Ontario. We have delivered a government that is for the people,” declared Doug Ford in the hours following June 2018 election that delivered his Ontario Tories a majority government.
It also appears to be a government that is for rewarding Ford’s friends and supporters with lucrative patronage appointments.
During last spring’s election, Doug Ford slammed the then Wynne Liberal government for its patronage appointments and now he’s busy unplugging their cronies from public sector jobs and contracts and plugging in his own – the recent rewarding of a $667,000 government of his family’s long-time lawyer Gavin Tighe being a case in point.
Who knows, perhaps there will be something in the patronage sack for one or more retiring Niagara regional councillors in the months ahead.
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