Sunday, October 30, 2016


   Caught in the middle of a perfect “pay to play” storm this week, the government needs to find a safe harbour. The catchy slogan (also known as “cash for access”), which suggests money is exchanged for favours, or access to government officials, is a high-profile issue on both sides of our border.
    Serious allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation functioned as a doorway to Hillary Clinton, when she was Secretary of State, have found similar resonance in Ontario, as Premier Kathleen Wynne struggles with overdue legislation to tighten up Ontario’s political fundraising rules. With awkward timing, the federal Minister of Finance wandered into the eye of the storm by scheduling several fundraisers, one of which is to be held in a private Toronto house owned by a businessman whose company lobbies the Department of Finance.

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