POLITICS

Toronto councillor files complaint over rival's photo-op as Ontario vote nears

07/26/2013 09:37 EDT | Updated 09/25/2013 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - A battle between two Toronto city councillors is heating up ahead of next week's provincial byelection in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Peter Milczyn — the Liberal candidate running in the riding — has filed a formal complaint to the city's integrity commissioner and the lobbyist registrar over an issue with a photo-op by PC rival Doug Holyday.

Holyday appeared with Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak next to a city-contracted garbage truck on Wednesday, with Hudak touting Holyday's role in privatizing west side garbage collection.

Milczyn has asked the integrity commissioner to investigate whether the truck could be a contribution from a lobbyist or a gift, and whether it violates the city's policy against using a city resource during an election.

Holyday's campaign says the truck was not in use at the time of the photo-op and no city resources were diverted.

Responding to Milczyn's complaint, Holyday calls it "a desperate move by desperate people" and an attempt to distract voters from Liberal government scandals.

(Newstalk 1010)