"INSUFFICIENT GROUNDS'' TO LAUNCH PROBE INTO FORD STAG AND DOE : INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER
Sep 21, 2023
By Bob Komsic
As Doug Ford loses a second cabinet minister over the Greenbelt land swap scandal, the provincial integrity commissioner decides there will be no probe into the premier’s daughter’s stag and doe.
In response from NDP Leader Marit Stiles for the commissioner to offer an opinion on the event, J. David Wake says there are ”insufficient grounds” to conduct a full investigation into whether the premier violated ethics rules.
Some developers attended the stag and doe that was held before the government’s public announcement that some parts of the protected lands would be opened up for development.
Wake says the bar’s high for him to launch a probe and that the evidence here does not meet that threshold, adding that it requires more than having a ”reasonable suspicion.”
But there was something that caught the commissioner’s attention.
”I found it interesting that (developer Sergio Manchia of UrbanCore Developments) stated that the tickets to the stag and doe were purchased from Tony Miele, who is the Chair of the PC Ontario Fund, the fundraising arm of the Ontario PC Party,” said Wake.
Mielie had told the commissioner that he was acting as a friend of the Ford family not as part of his party fundraising responsibilities.