"Creative accounting" can be interpreted as theft. Should and must be investigated by the Auditor General.
Why are creative governing and governance not at the top of the list.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 3 April 2016 at 11:06
Theft is stealing.
Contractors and suppliers giving generously to politicians cannot be described as theft.
Whether invited or invitations are sought to the small intimate dinners is not known. However, business would likely receive advantage from making up close and personal contact with with a Premier or a Cabinet Minister.
The big affairs are like United Appeal fund-raising dinners. A head table and hundreds of tables of ten fill a hotel banqueting facility or conference centre.
I've been to a couple of "Heritage "dinners. Table guests were mostly municipal officials. A theme of one was celebration of the political career of George Smitherman. I guess funds raised were for his Toronto Mayoralty campaign.
Bob Rae was there. After dinner he and Premier McGuinty circulated for photo opportunities. Everyone seemed happy enough to be there.
Like a Mayor's Annual Golf Tournament. Many municipalities have them. In Aurora, it's organized by volunteers. The money raised is openly declared and distributed among voluntary groups .
The guests are a jolly crowd and recipients are most appreciative.
The problem I have ,and I'm probably the only one , is many corporate guests are contractors and suppliers who do business with the municipality . Town staff are on hand ,playing golf and breaking bread with the paying guests.
Many annual contracts are extended without the competition required by regulation to ensure best
price for the municipality.
There may be nothing wrong but by standards familiar to me, it doesn't look right.
In municipal procurement , it must not only be right,it must be seen to be right.
The government passes legislation and spells out regulations to ensure it is right.
It makes me a bit of a grinch and no doubt offends people who feel the golf tournament is worthwhile and work hard for success but I've never been comfortable with the event.
Dwight Duncan and John Gerretson have acknowledged extreme discomfort in being expected to
raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for their political party by making themselves available to who would find it worthwhile to pay thousands of dollars for the opportunity to get up close and personal with people in power.
If the funds went straight into their pockets it would clearly be seen to be seeking a bribe.
That it goes into party coffers doesn't make it clean.
Their instincts were right.
Unfortunately, instead of opposing the practice they left politics.
It creates another dilemma familiar to many.
The right to vote means little when those who might inspire confidence and trust no longer offer to serve.