Oakville Homes

September 28, 2011

Donations rule in politics and development.

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“a dangerous psychopathic personality who led the conspiracy”

 I understand that a developer/builder is doing business with the person referenced in the above quote.  If you were to buy a house from that builder, I’d hate to call the complaint department if he was the one chosen to deal with any warranty issues.  In my case, Mattamy Homes had a couple of bully boys try to deal with me at one time.

Developers and builders need to deal with a lot of people at different ends of the social strata in order to achieve a certain level of success in development.  And, they seem to be involved in a lot of donations to various political candidates, parties and causes.  So much so that in the last Ontario municipal election, politicians were going out-of-the-way to deny any donations from developers/builders, even those considered friends.  Not so in the upcoming Ontario provincial election – check the donations to the Liberal and Conservative parties.

And, why should we be concerned?  Read the following quote:

Large campaign contributions must be reported, so it’s a simple matter to see if a councillor’s vote has been bought. But, given that developers fund so much of municipal politics, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that, generally, their needs get a more favourable hearing than those of individual voters.

The real problem is the unreported contributions known usually under their more common name of bribes. Humans are creative animals and they have figured out dozens of ways of hiding bribes to make them look like something else. A politician’s campaign printing may be billed to a real estate developer as promotional material. Similar disguises are used to cover up the hiring of meeting halls, meals, and campaign signs.

And how much can these donations be?  One mayoral candidate reported that 2/3rds of her campaign donations came from developers/builders.  Now, how could a citizen bringing a complaint against a builder get any fair treatment?  In my case, nothing was done.

Project 80 reared its ugly head in the early 90’s. “In Newmarket, Mayor Raymond Twinney, his wife and son, and a real estate developer were charged with breach of trust and receiving and paying secret commissions.  Halton Regional Chairman Peter Pomeroy and his wife were charged with accepting secret commissioners.”  I believe Mr. Pomeroy is now employed by Mattamy Homes.  Correct me if I am wrong Mattamy.  He is the one that stated that the workers bused to a Halton council meeting to protest Development Charges didn’t know why they were there but their bosses did.

So much for informed democracy.

Some of us who did know what was happening, couldn’t get into the council meeting due to the overflow of uninformed workers.

And how much are some of the payoffs?  This CBC article reports that:

A Vancouver Island development corporation has been fined $200,000 for agreeing to pay former B.C. ministerial aid David Basi $50,000 to help get some land out of the ALR, on Friday in B.C. Supreme Court.

Shambrook Hills Development Corp., also known as Sunriver Estates, pled guilty after Basi admitted taking the bribe, when he pled guilty earlier this week at the BC Rail corruption trial on Monday.

Kind of hard for people like us, working stiffs who pay our taxes to municipalities (Town of Oakville?) to protect us but, seem to be outbid by developers/builders using the money of new homeowners to get their way with our elected government.

And, “As an “act of atonement and redemption” in May 2010, Shambrook donated $91,500 to an organic farm during a fundraising drive to save it from development, Peck said.”

Ah yes, the proverbial DONATION.

I remember a donation occurring whilst my complaint was before the Town of Oakville.  Must remember to do a donation before making another complaint.  Does Tarion accept donations?

Well, I could go on and on as there are a million examples out there of foul deeds by developers/builders as well as the advertised and published good deeds of donations, etc.  (Mattamy check – all facts, on record – documented)

Society seems to benefit in a small way on the backs of those shafted by our government and developers/builders.  Thousands have had poorly built homes and issues and these are not settled while those big in the donation department seem to run free as the wind.  For those builders brought to court, maybe we should see if they ever donated to a political party or cause.  Maybe that is why they were charged – little soft in the donation department.

Doesn’t matter if you vote for McGuinty, Hudak or Howarth.  Just check the donation records and see who got most of the money and then follow the legislation.  Is there a correlation?

And remember – what you see isn’t necessarily the whole package.

Meanwhile I’ll keep my eye open for the guy in the quote in case he can’t take a joke.

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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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