Horwath Must Pay Back $100,000 in Taxpayer Money

NDP didn't use and didn't return taxpayer funds collected for Campaign HQ

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Andrea Horwath must pay back more than $100,000 in taxpayer money collected to build a ramp at NDP headquarters that has never been built, Liberal candidate Laurel Broten said today.

According to a Toronto Sun media report, the Ontario NDP - through a shadowy front group called the Ontario Cornerstone Leadership Corporation - collected $100,425 from a taxpayer-funded federal accessibility program and another $100,000 from a union to build a ramp - then did nothing and kept the money.

The report notes the cost of the ramp was estimated at just $92,000, and the federal grant was tied to construction starting by March 31, 2011 and concluding by the end of June, 2011.

"The NDP collected more than a hundred thousand dollars from taxpayers to make their building accessible, then did nothing and kept the money," said Broten.  "The rules are simple, you don't use it, you lose it.  Andrea Horwath should return those taxpayer dollars immediately."

Horwath has tried to duck questions on the whereabouts of $100,425 of taxpayer money, and misled reporters on the NDP's tight connections with Cornerstone.  Yesterday Horwath was forced to backtrack from her misleading denials.   The truth is Cornerstone is staffed and managed exclusively by Horwath's inner circle and is financing $4.3 million for the NDP campaign.

"Why did the NDP take taxpayer funds when they apparently already raised more than enough to build the ramp?" asked Broten. "Horwath should explain what she did with the money and pay back what she owes taxpayers.  What is she trying to hide?"

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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