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