Oakville Homes

October 22, 2011

Conflict of interest – it’s all relative.

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I wonder?

If I was asked to go on a committee to investigate issues in the building industry, would I have to declare a conflict of interest due to my life threatening experience with Mattamy?  It appears that politicians don’t have to declare any conflict of interest it seems, when connected to developers/builders  assisting them through donations or personal relationships.  Yes, during the election and at the end of each year, they have to show who donated money to their political war chest but, when it comes to voting on an issue – an issue that may involve a donator, do they declare their conflict of interest at that time?

Doubt it.

During the recent Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, Mayor Hazel McCallion took her lumps in the final resolution of this event.  Although not charged with a conflict of interest, she was told she was out of line and should not have done what she did under common law.  Hopefully they will tighten up the loopholes so there is no repeat by other politicians.

The Toronto Star reported recently that she voted on an issue back in September 2007 – an issue that her son could have saved millions of dollars on if he’d been able to work at a quicker pace.  It concerned Development Charges – something all developers/builders want reduced so they don’t have to pay their fair share of infrastructure costs caused by their very profitable developments.

We know this is an important issue as Mattamy spent a lot of money to close down construction sites and bused their unknowing workers to a Halton Council meeting.

Appears that Haze, who got caught on this investigated issue, escaped prosecution due to loopholes.  Wish I had the same availability of loopholes when it comes to paying taxes to pay for Hazel’s salary.

For those accepting donations from the development crowd – how does that affect your vote?  Hard to not be influenced when you are accepting large sums of money from a developer/builder – like Hudak did at the last-minute from Mattamy.  Was there something to that last-minute top up which did not follow the yearly pattern?  One wonders.  If you want to explain and discuss it with me Peter – you know how to make a comment on my blog (have your PR guy show you).

Hard for the little guy to get any kind of justice in a world run by those with the big bucks.  I kind of understand why people are getting together and doing “Occupy Toronto”, “Occupy Wall Street” and other venues.  Methinks there is a lot more support from the tax paying middle class for these events than some people think.

We’re keeping an eye on those who pay for special treatment – at the cost of 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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