Yours truly was watching the excellent Netflix syndicated political drama “House of Cards” last night and marveling at the political gymnastics of Francis Underhill. In one scene he and his very beautiful but ruthless wife Claire were hosting a political fundraiser. Bang!!! Something hit me like a freight train “I wonder what happened in previous years”??? I grabbed my laptop and started perusing minutes from previous years council meetings and came up with this for 2012:
My apologies there is only one of me and I only have a certain amount of time to spend on this stuff. So I haven’t yet had a chance to look through last years minutes to see if the same thing happened (any volunteers would be welcome). But if they were smart with all the public scrutiny going on with the OPP and CBC sniffing around they would have passed on Paul Bonwick’s largess. I say Paul Bonwick even though I don’t actually know whether in 2012 Compenso picked up the tab. But you know what they say “If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck………..
Anyway a recap: In 2012 you have the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 2 councillors who always vote as a block attend a Liberal fundraiser as a guest of Compenso. A local political lobbying company that is owned by Paul Bonwick the brother of the mayor. I assume at a cost of $1,500 per plate total cost to Compenso $6,000 and barely a mention at the council table.
This blog writes itself.
Note: Someone forwarded the following information to me via email:
Also, deputy-mayor in 2011…
I went back and looked at 2011. Ticket price in 2011 was $1,000, and in 2013 was $1,200. Haven’t found the 2012 price yet, but probably somewhere in between.