Ruby, Shiller, Chan, Hasan

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Court has let Rob Ford off on a technicality. We find that disappointing, particularly since the Court found that Mr. Paul Magder was right on the facts.

We believe that there are serious errors of law in the judgment and we will ask the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal to that Court. It must be acknowledged that such appeals are not easy but this remains an important issue for all citizens.

Especially troubling is the finding that if a politician raises money from lobbyists and directs that money to his or her own personal interest, such abuse is beyond the reach of government oversight.  This raises the possibility of American-style Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraising, which should be of great concern to all Canadians.  (See Decision, paras. 49 and 70.)

No further comments will be made by Mr. Ruby or Mr. Magder.

SOURCE: Clayton Ruby