Ontario Fundraising Rules: Tories, NDP, And Greens Want Equal Part In Review

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TORONTO — Ontario's opposition leaders want Premier Kathleen Wynne to allow an all-party committee to conduct a review of the province's political fundraising rules.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner held a joint news conference to say the Liberals shouldn't be coming up with new rules on her own.

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Ontario NDP provincial leader Andrea Horwath and Conservative leader Patrick Brown speak after meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, April 11, 2016. (Photo: Nathan Denette/CP)

They want a panel with equal representation from the four parties plus members of the public, labour, business and academia, which would hold public hearings before making recommendations on new fundraising rules. 

Wynne has repeatedly shot down Horwath's request to have Ontario's chief electoral officer lead the review of the rules governing political donations.

Brown still wants inquiry

She says the opposition parties are too focused on process that would only delay promised changes, such as a ban on corporate and union donations starting next January.

Brown wants a public inquiry into the fundraising quotas of up to $500,000 that were imposed on Liberal cabinet ministers, who solicited donations from companies looking to get government contracts.

Wynne says the Liberals have cancelled all "private" fundraising dinners and receptions, and promises cabinet ministers will no longer try to raise money from companies lobbying their ministry for business.


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