NDP files integrity complaint about Ford family stag-and-doe event
TORONTO — NDP Leader Marit Stiles is asking Ontario's integrity commissioner to issue an opinion on whether Premier Doug Ford's actions surrounding his daughter's stag-and-doe event were improper.
Ford has acknowledged that some developers, who are friends, attended the $150-a-ticket event and media reports say lobbyists and government relations firms were also invited.
Stiles' complaint says that several individuals and developers who attended the subsequent wedding have received favourable Minister's Zoning Orders and at least one has benefitted from recent policy changes related to removing land from the protected Greenbelt.
She is asking the integrity commissioner to look into whether Ford violated sections of the Members' Integrity Act relating to furthering someone's private interests and accepting a gift or benefit connected directly or indirectly with the performance of a member's duties.
Ford has said he already asked the integrity commissioner for an opinion on the stag-and-doe event and the commissioner's office found there was no violation.
Ford was not in the legislature to respond to questions today from Stiles, but Government House Leader Paul Calandra calls her complaint a "drive-by smear."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 23, 2023.
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