FORD CAMPAIGN ADVISER GETS ONTARIO TRADE POST TO U.S., RAISE
Oct 18, 2018
By Bob Komsic
The Premier’s awarded campaign adviser Ian Todd by appointing him to represent Ontario in the U.S.
Todd replaces former Liberal MPP Monique Smith who was removed from the job by Doug Ford after the Tories big election victory.
Todd’s job will be to promote Ontario’s interests in the U.S., cross border trade and investment.
He’ll also serve as a special adviser to the premier.
Todd will make $350,000-a-year —- $75,000 more than Smith made.
Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson defends the salary, saying he will not be eligible for pension or for termination payments.
Wilson also points out the government’s ended contracts with legal advisers and consultants on trade that’ll save taxpayers $710,000-a-year.
Meanwhile, the official Opposition considers the appointment the latest example of the government rewarding party insiders, noting former PC party president Rueben Devlin was made the province’s healthcare adviser.