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July 22, 2011

McGuinty vs Hudak – who will be favoured by the developers?

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You can take this to the bank – there is a financial link between some developers and some politicians.

It can swing from donations to their war chest (campaign funds), donations to a favourite charity or cause or, just some spending money in their pocket.  A Google search will bring up the dirty laundry.  You will find that investigations have occurred in many jurisdiction, York and Halton being only two of a large number.

In the recent municipal elections in Ontario, campaign donations were a topic and voters were concerned just who was being supported financially by developers.  Some politicians even went so far as to deny any link to developers but we all know there was some kind of link.  Facts.

Lets face it – development is big, big money and developers want to maximize their profits like any other business person.  Problem is, some just don’t know where to draw the line.  And, once the money flows, like any business person, they expect a positive return on the money.  I think no one would say that someone investing in the future shouldn’t be rewarded but I do think they question how.

A community is not just a collection of streets and buildings.  A well planned community reflects those who live there and how they feel about their community.  A dirty community usually means there are underlying issues that need to be dealt with.  CPTED is just one way of ensuring a community grows in a desirable manner.

Developers and planners have a part in this.

Wrongly developed, and the community can suffer crime trends, economic hardships and a number of issues that make the place unattractive.  The developers don’t mind – they got their money and have moved on.

Everyone accepts taxes – we just don’t like them and, if they are oppressive, we try to change the issues that are causing the high taxes.  If you’ve read my blog, you know the issues in Halton – taxpayer funded water pipe to Milton and development charges.

A number of communities decided that the taxpayer was shovelling out too much money for the support of developer initiated infrastructure costs.  Development charges were levied to correct this unfair burden on the taxpayer.  Unfortunately, the development community went to war and got changes made.  Recently BILD celebrated the roll-back of development charges in several progressive communities.

Celebrating the increase of taxes upon the taxpayer actually.

Mattamy Homes and Peter Gilgan led the charge in Halton by trying to intimidate our elected officials with hordes of bused in workers and force them to reduce the development charges.  He failed but the BILD machine won with the developer favouring OMB.  I wonder just how much Mattamy Homes invested in supporting BILD in this matter?  And, did any politicians have a say in the matter -ones who had been favoured with a developer donation.

Provincially, the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act have a say in how a community will develop itself.  You, as a tax paying citizen do not have the final say on how your community will be developed.  No, the appointed OMB has that right.  But, you would think community input would have some say.  It seems that the community does support development charges but private interests will prevail.

We now have the provincial elections coming up in Ontario.  It appears it will be a slugfest between the reigning incumbant Dalton McGuinty (Liberal)and the challenger Tim Hudak (Conservative).

Remember, it is the province who can change the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act, along with the Green Energy Act and Environmental Protection Act.

Now, reviewing the past history of developers, who do you think they will support?  Who will receive the bulk of the money, declared and undeclared?

I can’t talk about all the developers but, some have shown in the past their feelings about certain laws.  Mattamy pooh-poohed the Building Code in my case, broke environmental laws in Milton and Ottawa and, I guess the Planning Act in Ottawa when they sold houses before they got permits.  We kind of know where they stand on these issues – proven fact.

Now we ask the question – who will Mattamy Homes and Peter Gilgan swing their support towards?  Someone who has been working under the aforementioned acts or, someone who may want to make some changes once in power.  Where will the political donations go – to whom?  What offers of support will be see in the future?  We’ve seen the support in the past to someone who stated there was no support from Peter.  Maybe it was only moral support?  As they say, there is no free lunch and thousands of dollars in donations are made with some expectation of payback to ensure profit.

But support is support.  And, just who will win then when it comes to making a decision – developers or tax-payers?  The OMB has shown its colours with the recent BILD supported attack on community development and the taxpayer.

I guess we will know the colours of those being elected when we see just who is handing out the money.  I doubt my $100 will get me preferential treatment and I know I can’t compete against millionaires and billionaires.  Neither can the taxpayer.

Methinks we will see more as the election campaigning unfolds………………………….

MORAL SUPPORT??

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.

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