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(The Star Health)


26 june 2019 20:56:20

Doug Ford pressed to expand review of appointments
(The Star Health)

Premier Doug Ford is under pressure to expand a review of Progressive Conservative patronage appointments in the wake of the Dean French nepotism scandal.French, a close friend of Ford’s, resigned as the premier’s chief of staff last week after it came to light that he had awarded six-figure government jobs to his son’s friend and his wife’s cousin.Ford revoked the appointments, and announced Tuesday that he was reviewing “all pending appointments” as he scrambles to limit the damage.On Wednesday, both the opposition New Democrats and the Liberals urged Ford to widen the scope of inquiry into a debacle that has transfixed Queen’s Park.“Doug Ford has been making it rain gravy-train tickets and signing off on every single one, from Ron Taverner to Tyler Albrecht,” said NDP MPP Marit Stiles (Davenport).That was a reference to the premier’s aborted bid to have his friend Taverner, a 72-year-old Toronto police superintendent, installed as commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, and French’s attempt to install his son’s 26-year-old lacrosse pal as the province’s agent general in New York.Stiles wants Ford to recall the standing committee on government agencies and give it a mandate to review of all recent government appointments.“We can’t trust him to lead a review of the appointments that he has personally signed off on,” the MPP said. “A Doug Ford behind-closed-doors review is useless. We need a public and transparent review of every appointment Doug Ford has made.“Doug Ford’s gravy-train passengers are being handed buckets of public money, perks and power, while dodging scrutiny and oversight.”Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser wants Ford to call in the integrity commissioner, J. David Wake, to probe the appointments.“The recent revelations of nepotism and improper influence have led to at least three public appointments being revoked ...

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