Troubling Questions on Howard Hampton's Rich Rhetoric

    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - There are some troubling questions for Howard
Hampton today given his past history on fighting for more money for himself.
Here are the facts.

    FACT: Howard Hampton voted against the MPP Pay hike, but he still took
the money. He had the chance to opt out. He chose to take the money. Why
didn't he opt out when he had the chance?

    FACT: Howard Hampton brought the legislature to a halt in 2003 in his
lust for official party status - the reward? A $30,000 pay hike and a car and
driver. Why didn't he say no to that pay raise?

    FACT: He did the same thing after he lost party status in the 1999
election. Why didn't he say no to that pay raise?

    FACT: When Mike Harris eliminated the MPP pension plan, Howard Hampton
and his wife, Shelly Martel, were handed a near million dollar payout. Pretty
easy to talk about pay cuts when you're sitting on a million dollar nest egg,
isn't it?

    FACT: Howard Hampton altered his 'tax the rich' program for the 2007
campaign. It used to be for everyone earning over $100,000. Now it's for those
earning over $150,000. Is that because he wanted to make sure he wouldn't have
to pay a higher tax rate himself?

    FACT: Howard Hampton leads a house divided in the NDP. Rosario Marchese
(Trinity Spadina) skipped the vote on the pay raise because he wants to keep
the money. Gilles Bisson (Timmins James Bay) also skipped the vote, and
pocketed the money.

    FACT: Howard Hampton held up Family Medical Leave legislation, holding it
hostage in an attempt to get free stamps for NDP mailing. He lost that fight.
Does he regret putting free stamps for himself ahead of Ontario families?

    QUESTION: If Howard Hampton does not win official party status for the
NDP, will he promise not to fight for another pay increase for himself?

    QUESTION: Howard Hampton's wife, Shelly Martel is going to receive 18
months severance based partially on her new pay - will she pay back the

    QUESTION: And most importantly, if Hampton does not form the next
government, will he guarantee that all of his caucus donate all of the pay
increase? Will they also donate the tax benefit they receive from any

For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,

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