Oakville Homes

July 29, 2011

Why I fear the donations?

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Some have asked me why I am asking about donations to Dalton McGuinty and Tim Hudak.  What does that have to do with the Mattamy issue and house inspectors?

A lot.

You listen to the ads, go to the candidate meetings and, listen to the candidates who go door to door.  They give the party line and you decide to vote for a candidate based on a mixture of factors.  Platform, looks, culture, religion, background and a plethora of other issues.  But, these are really superficial.  If you want to know just how that candidate is going to handle issues in the future, knowing who donates to their cause gives a much better idea of just what that candidate will do.  And, not all donations are out there for inspection.

Here is a recent U.S. case:

The national Republicans are asking why Sen. Bob Menendez has not given up thousands of dollars from a real-estate developer charged in an Albany, N.Y., case. The developer, Aaron Malinsky, faces federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges, according to The Wall Street Journal, which said U.S. Sens. Chuck Schummer and Kristen Gillibrand, both of New York, were giving to charities the $250 that Malinsky gave each of them in August. The WSJ says Menendez got more than that. “In 2008, he received $2,300 and Federal Election Commission records stretching back to 2003 show Menendez and his affiliated political action committee received more than $20,000 from the developer.” 

And you say, Not in Canada? (Link)

In May 2006, the Canadian media reported that he (Joe Volpe) had received $108,000 in donations from current and former executives of the drug company Apotex Inc., and each of their spouses and children. All of the donations were for $5,400, the maximum allowed for individual donations under the law, while five cheques were in the names of children under eighteen years of age. Companies are banned from donating money to a federal leadership campaign and individuals are prohibited from donating money on behalf of someone else, although donations from minors are not illegal.

and, (Link)

“In Markham, it’s been a sore point with ratepayers who are proponents of controlling urban sprawl and the failed foodbelt proposal to freeze development north of Major Mackenzie Drive.  Topping the list of those taking developer funds is Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who took in $63,700 from corporations including Fieldgate Land Development Ltd., Kylemore  ommunities Ltd., Markham Centre Development Corp., Pacific Mall Developments Inc. and from Michael De Gasperis of TACC Constructions. Regional Councillor Jim Jones also received $44,225 from corporations including the De Gasperis family, the Angus Glen Development, Peter Calthorpe of Calthorpe Associates, Fieldgate Land Development, Jade-Kennedy Development Corp., Markham Centre Development and Pacific Mall Developments.  Similarly, Deputy Mayor Jack Heath ($13,045), Regional Councillor Gordon Landon ($20,125) and councillors Carolina Moretti ($10,450) and Alex Chiu ($23,875) all received money from some of the same key players in the development industry.”

I think you get the point.  As a voter, I wonder just on whose side a politician is when you see the donations coming in and from where.  In my own case, Wellspring benefited from a donation that was orchestrated from Mattamy while I had a complaint before Oakville Town council.  It was buried at both the municipal and provincial level.

I’ve been asking Dalton McGuinty and Tim Hudak to tell us if they have developers giving them money.  I have seen Peter Gilgan support local politics at the municipal level.  I’ve seen him bus in hundreds of paid workers to try to dissuade Halton from raising the Development Charges being levied.  I’d like to know if he and other developers are donating money at the provincial level –  is he donating to just Tim Hudak or donating to both parties.

As a voter I have a right to know who is donating to our politicians.  And, this right is honoured after the election through various disclosure laws.  But, that is like buying a horse and finding out later it has a terminal disease.

Yes, I know – buyer beware.

But, I like “Beware of Greeks who are bearing gifts”.

As a responsible voter, I’d like to know just who is putting up financial support for whom.  I may not agree with those donators and, I’d like to know up front just who is influencing my candidate.  There is more to voting than just believing the party line.  We’ve seen how quickly these things change.

Tim – do you get money from developers or a developer?  A simple question that an honest politician should not be frightened of.

By not answering, one begins to think just who is fronting the party.  and how will it affect me the taxpayer.

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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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