TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty has promised, should he win the
election, to give Heather Reisman and Indigo Books an untendered contract for
a massive $80 million. No questions asked.
Indigo Books is owned by Reisman, a long-time Liberal Party insider. She
was once described by the Toronto Star as a "backroom bombshell." The Globe
and Mail has said that Reisman and her husband are "well-connected in Liberal
Dalton McGuinty's scheme has alarmed the educational book sector. Anne
Ledingham, sales manager for a wholesale supplier of books to school libraries
warns that the plan is "short-sighted... and ignores a regime of suppliers
that's been efficiently supporting school libraries for decades."
The Globe and Mail has said that Reisman's Indigo Books has a
"near-monopoly" and has "thoroughly dominated" the book-selling industry.
Ledingham says that if Dalton McGuinty follows through with this scheme "there
won't be a man standing in the school library market - or a woman for that
matter." The Canadian Booksellers Association held an emergency meeting last
week to discuss the issue.
Dalton McGuinty's plan was announced on the same day that Reisman and
others took out an advertisement in newspapers supporting Dalton McGuinty's
The plan comes just months after Ontario's Auditor General found Dalton
McGuinty guilty of presiding over a slush fund scandal that saw taxpayer
dollars given to Liberal-friendly organizations with no transparency or
accountability. The Auditor General said it was "among the worst that we've
Dalton McGuinty has once again shown disdain for the taxpayers and the
Auditor General in wanting to give public money to his Liberal friends.
It's one more example of why Ontario cannot afford another four years of
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