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Tories: Politics as usual for Ontario Grits

Ontario’s Liberal government is again rewarding party insiders with lucrative consulting contracts while local health networks are also doling out cash to consultants, the Opposition charged Thursday.

Ontario’s Liberal government is again rewarding party insiders with lucrative consulting contracts while local health networks are also doling out cash to consultants, the Opposition charged Thursday.

Public accounts show the Liberal caucus services fund paid $100,000 to Liberal party vice-president Christine McMillan and $400,000 to polling firm Pollara, whose former president, Don Guy, is Premier Dalton McGuinty’s campaign manager.

Another consulting firm, Arrow Communications, whose president Marcel Wider co-ordinates Liberal-friendly campaign ads, received $223,000 from the fund last year.

“Rewarding Liberal friends and insiders with cushy, untendered contracts is bad enough; using Ontario families’ hard-earned money to pay Dalton McGuinty’s campaign team is an insulting violation of the public trust,” said Progressive Conservative critic Lisa MacLeod.

“The Liberal culture of entitlement has got to stop.”

The Tories said the consulting contracts are proof the Liberals didn’t learn anything from last year’s scandal at eHealth Ontario, where more than $1 billion was wasted, much of it on untendered contracts for consultants.

The Liberals said all parties use their caucus budgets to hire outside communications help, but they did not address the issue of Guy’s company getting a $400,000 contract from the Liberals before he left Pollara to again run a Liberal election campaign.

 
 
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