September 22, 2016

Taxpayers shell out almost $3 million to Wynne's campaign manager

Brian LilleyArchive

A firm headed by the man just reappointed as campaign manager for Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals has received almost $3 million in contracts from various Ontario government departments and bodies ranging from Wynne’s own office to the Ontario Energy Board.

A review of contract information obtained through freedom of information requests at Queen’s Park shows Gandalf Group, headed by Liberal strategist David Herle, has been awarded contracts worth roughly $2.7 million since Wynne became premier. The figure is an incomplete one as some departments have failed to fully answer requests for information while one, Ontario Power Generation, only released hourly rates paid to Herle and his associates.

Ontario residents fuming over high electrical bills will likely not be impressed to find out that Wynne’s campaign manager and another top employee at Gandalf billed OPG at $420 per hour. Other employees who do work for OPG are billed out at between $105 and $270 per hour.

This information was obtained by The Rebel through several freedom of information filings earlier this year after discovering that Wynne’s own department paid Herle’s Gandalf Group $885,755 in the fiscal year that ended March 31. At the time the premier responded that many polling firms receive government contracts while failing to point out that Gandalf was the only polling firm contracted by her office.

When the news broke in June, the legislature erupted with claims that this was Wynne using taxpayers’ money to reward friends.

"The Liberals and this premier will do absolutely anything to hold onto power," PC Leader Patrick Brown said.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was equally scathing of the premier, saying:

”Her priority is always the Liberal party and well-connected Liberals.”

In addition to the $885,755 paid out by Wynne’s office to her campaign manager’s firm, Gandalf Group was also awarded contracts by the finance department worth $400,000 and the Ontario Energy Board worth $347,522.15 though that agency says it only paid out $90,525.

The Globe and Mail had earlier reported on Gandalf Group being paid $1.1 million from the taxpayer funded Liberal Caucus Services.

A request from OPG for contract tallies instead of hourly rates has not been received at this point.

Gandalf Group defends the contracts as being awarded in a proper manner.

“These projects were awarded after selection processes conducted by the government agencies,” said Alex Swann. “Vendors’ proposals were scored against multiple criteria as part of a competitive request-for-services bidding process.”

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commented 2016-11-02 11:32:27 -0400
Is this the canadian version of Clinton? She’s rotten to the core. Bought and paid
commented 2016-10-02 11:57:37 -0400
It’s not like this graft and profligate spending, debt, tax and energy cost increases and patronage largess goes unnoticed – Voters are really angry and Wynne will get more of this as she goes to the polls =

“Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was booed during the International Plowing Match in Minto, Ont., after speaking about her government’s efforts to lower rising hydro rates across the province. After losing a byelection in east Toronto earlier this month, Wynne acknowledged growing anger in the province”

It ain’t just about hydro costs Katy, it’s the past 14 years of Liberal scandal coming to a head.
commented 2016-10-02 01:57:40 -0400
Every time I see her in a picture like that with her mouth open it sickens me to the point of where I must physically remove myself to a place where I can suffer extreme nausea and the result that follows after suffering such physical contempt for that thing.
commented 2016-09-22 20:27:31 -0400
Hope all who voted for her end up freezing on the streets. When Alberta cannot send welfare anymore they will learn a hard lesson.
commented 2016-09-22 20:26:52 -0400
People tell me that Trump isn’t qualified to be President of the USA.Look at our PM qualifications,And then there was a good president Ronald Reagan.Trump is more qualified than Hilary PERIOD,He will be a great President.As far as the women vote goes just look how great they are working out for Cananastan.
When we get a new government some body better be going to jail.
commented 2016-09-22 19:09:56 -0400
I’d pay 3 million to see Wynne hung with McGuinty’s guts. Well worth the money.
commented 2016-09-22 19:09:56 -0400
I’d pay 3 million to see Wynne hung with McGuinty’s guts. Well worth the money.
commented 2016-09-22 14:34:48 -0400
Jack and Jill Ward said..
“Don’t bother getting off the couch”

And I say
“Ain’t that the truth”
commented 2016-09-22 14:30:35 -0400
I know it seems like a lot of money upfront but I’m sure he has a lot of expenses that take away from his bottom line.
commented 2016-09-22 14:05:49 -0400
Ontario has the govt it deserves . . . society is so dumbed down they keep electing these incompetents!
39% of stupid Canadians elected the Camp Councillor to be PM . . . they so luved the Community Organizer who has destroyed much of the USA, while spending them into Record DEBT!
Now we have our very own amateur leader . . . lol
commented 2016-09-22 13:11:21 -0400
Dave ,it’s amazing she continues to do this many times over ,the objects are terrible ,it is probably illegal and very immoral ,so why is there no investigation going on,she makes Mulroney’s time in office as pm look like an angel and we know how sleazy he was .
commented 2016-09-22 12:56:38 -0400
Wynne for Prison-2018
commented 2016-09-22 12:04:47 -0400
Let’s see now,
Gandalf helps Wynne to win the elections.
Wynne pays back by awarding contracts to Gandalf.
Gandalf in turns give under the table kickbacks to Wynne so she can retire in comfort.

Note that Gandalf is one of the main characters in the Lord of the Rings.

The evil Sauron (Wynne) is using her powers to enslave the free peoples of middle earth (central Canada, Ontario) by using ORCS and GOBLINS (Hydro Ontario and the OPP) to oppress the citizens.

She is destroying the Shire (Ontario’s industries) with high hydro rates and corporate taxes.

What we need is Frodo to come along and lead the hobits (little people and Conservatives) of middle earth to overthrow the evil kingdom (Liberals).

Where is our hero?


A it of nonsense but I hope it amuses.
commented 2016-09-22 11:24:06 -0400
Hey Brian – how about an expose of failing pensions in Canada??? US pensions are in shortfall across the country, but not a word of Canada’s “pink elephant in the middle of the living room”.

And if Canadian pensions are fine, how about finding out where their cash is coming from, because it’s not coming from investments or ROI – the liberals are likely stealing from price hikes in utilities.

commented 2016-09-22 11:03:22 -0400
`If it were a Conservative government there would be non-stop howling from the main stream media, and rightly so from the man in the street.

But what do we hear? Crickets.

Did the man in the street hear much about this? No. If anything was reported it was a flash in the pan story.
commented 2016-09-22 10:22:45 -0400
AS I STATED ON SO MANY OCCASIONS, WE ARE NEVER , EVER GOING TO GET RID OF THEM!! BETWEEN HER AND MOHAMMED TRUDEAU , THEY OWN US AND THE COUNTRY/PROVINCE- OH AND OUR MONEY!! THEY HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY WHATEVER THEY NEED TO STAY IN PLACE! Don’t bother getting off the couch , just let them continue until we are all forced onto refugee boats with only the clothes on our backs! pathetic!
commented 2016-09-22 10:19:31 -0400
In true Librano fashion. “Hey you know he’s a friend of ours. A connected guy. A made guy” No touching him without a proper sit down.
commented 2016-09-22 10:07:57 -0400
Clearly the documents obtained through freedom of information are homophobic and misogynistic by stating the facts as they exist.
commented 2016-09-22 10:05:27 -0400
Only a matter of time now. Her house of debt will crumble. One of her minions will squeal as most will not take a bullet for her. She belongs in prison.
commented 2016-09-22 09:52:26 -0400
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it.?”
Jer 17:9
commented 2016-09-22 09:41:27 -0400
One day Wynnie and her minions will have to stand and face the music. I don’t feel sorry for those who voted for this trash, but I do feel sorry for those who didn’t. Our system needs to be changed, so that corruption isn’t allowed to override what is best for the people. That’s the problem, is these crooks are allowed to do whatever they wish, and what they do always benefits themselves and their corrupt buddies. The taxpayer be damned. Wynnie will be damned one day, and she is so convinced that she is untouchable, but that just isn’t the case. She’s bought off everyone, and she’s getting old, and one day she will die. But she is still going to have to face her maker regarding her legacy of evil and corruption!
commented 2016-09-22 08:53:18 -0400
Just think! At an average income of $60 K per year, that $3 million could support approximately 16 families. Or it could support one family for 16 years. Or, at a yearly average cost of $3 000 for Hydro, it could pay the bills of 1000 families! Liberal priorities are deplorably skewed! And they always have been!
commented 2016-09-22 08:34:08 -0400
Not surprised at this is the slightest. Notley is no doubt doing the same type of tactic, rewarding friends. crony capitalism. And we all know the federal Liberals do it. It is a despicable practice and those who do it should be thrown out of office and jailed.

But because I am feeling kinda grumpy this morning, let me point out that it is probable that all these crony payoffs and sucking up to the public sector Wynne has been doing will likely pay off by getting her elected again.
commented 2016-09-22 08:18:12 -0400
This is not working for the people. This is crafty theft for ones own advantage. Manipulation. Its the same sort of thing you see when Cathy pays for Unions, or when she gives bonuses to Hydro, or to people working on anything from Orange to E-health to the gas plants. Manipulation using taxpayers money. Its a type of nepotism of sorts. Reward the Liberal family, not the taxpayer.
commented 2016-09-22 07:46:26 -0400
commented 2016-09-22 01:22:13 -0400
After all the scandals involving the former premier & Winbag, Ontarians hadn’t had enough I guess & elected Winbag with a mandate no less. What fools & now they are paying big time for their stupidity. I too have no sympathy for them, except for those who did not cast their vote for her. Another premier who is bankcrupting her province & yet nothing can be done about it. Her actions are criminal as she is stealing from the taxpayers to reward her friends, isn’t that plain enough?
commented 2016-09-22 00:15:42 -0400
Liberal = entitled.

Tax payers are simply getting what they deserve.

Vote for trash and pay through the nose for what YOU bought.

Elections are on the horizon.

What WILL Toronto do?

No pity from me – voters have got the government they deserve.

Bet they do it again.

Hope I am wrong but the other choice is a pretty bad one at best.

So it will be the lesser of two evils and nothing more.