Public electrical utilities are donating to the Liberal party

The Canadian Press  CTV News

TORONTO — Ontario’s New Democrats want to know why publicly owned electrical utilities are donating to the governing Liberal party.

Elections Ontario documents show local utilities, including Essex Power and Oakville Hydro, have donated thousands of dollars to the Ontario Liberal Party in the past few years.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says with electricity bills soaring, municipally owned utilities should not be using ratepayers’ money to make political donations.

The documents show Oakville Hydro gave the Liberals $8,500 for a 2009 byelection in the Haliburton area, hundreds of kilometres away.

Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution, which is over 150 kilometres from Haliburton, gave the Liberals $1,350 for the same byelection and another $1,000 for the central party.

Essex Power Corporation donated $1,700 to the governing Liberals to help them win a byelection this year in Toronto-Centre, nearly 400 kilometres away from its base in southwestern Ontario.

27 thoughts on “Public electrical utilities are donating to the Liberal party

  1. This is outrageous! Just when I thought I’d herad it all…

  2. In terms of that by-election for the Victoria-Haliburton-Brock provincial riding: if Oakville Hydro and Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution were willing to pay over $10,000 to get Rick Johnson elected for the Fiberals in that riding over John Tory…I wonder how much they will need to fork over for the 2011 Provincial election to even attempt to keep the seat for Johnson?

    I hope Rick Johnson realizes that he won’t be back in Toronto this time next year.

    His constituents are not so easily bought!

  3. No wonder the youth doesn’t vote anymore in any election! They KNOW how Corrupt politics really is!

  4. Is it legal for these public utilites to donate to political parties? If so ,then why is it legal and how long has this been going on?

    Public money is being used by the people running these utilites for their own benefit. Or are they being squeezed for donations?

  5. This is one of the most bizarre things I have ever heard.

    If true (can’t always trust the media to get it right)…then it is time for some criminal investigations.

  6. With documented evidence of abject , blatant corruption repeatedly posted on this site, why would anyone be surprised? Let’s just make sure it gets published again and again so these disgraceful wastes of skin can be exposed for what they are!

    Judgment day is a commin!

    Sean Holt.

  7. “Criminal investigations”… I like the sound of that. Of course, it depends who is doing the investigating.

    Methinks a citizens’ mass arrest is in order – by thousands of us at Queen’s Park.

    Bring your wagons, and best leave out the manure for now – gonna need a lot of room!

  8. just another one for the “Gravy Train” which is what our politicians are all about. Will it ever end?

  9. While this act of “charity” may be legal, I certainly question the ethics of a utility that is taking money from the raytepayers and then turning it over to any political party or charity for that matter. Let the ratepayers decide which party or charity should be the recipient of their hard-earned money. Daddy Dalton will be doing a lot of two-stepping for the next year.

  10. This is the people’s money!!! They have no right to contribute to any political parties. After all the people who purchase electricity from them belong to many different political parties.

    Seems we also have folks in local public positions who don’t know right from wrong.

    Of course the squeeze may have been put on them for donations. This remains to be seen.

  11. Maybe it’s time the OPP actually went after some criminal types instead of peaceful Citizens?……….I’m sure they would if someone who knew the Law would approach them…………
    It isn’t the OPP who are at fault here………it’s the ones who give them the orders!

  12. This is the type of information that must be widely publicized with the Provincial elections coming up next year. McGuinty and the Liberals have got to GO, and whoever is elected must be made aware of the issues regarding wind turbines.

  13. First, we need to find out if it is legal/

    If illegal, then, John would you please have a criminal investigation started by OPP because this was within the provincial election campaign.

    If legal, then, please contact Fair Vote Ontario @ 416 – 410 – 4034 or office@fairvote.ca for gudance in changing the rules of this game.

  14. If these Utilities “expect” some favour in return for their donation then I would suggest that it is “illegal”……………if it was just because they LOVE McGuinty then it’s just plain stupid!

  15. The next questions are how long has this been legal? When did this practice begin?

    At the very least it shows poor judgement by the parties involved in making these donations.

    These political donations were paid for by the customers of these utilities. Money that should have been spent on upgrades,and etc. Or used to reduce customers electric bills.

    The people served by these utilites should demand an explanation from the principals involved in these affairs.

  16. Quite a few people are having difficulty paying their electric bills as it is.

    Now they will find out that their local electric supplier is being used as a political piggy bank!!

    Whatever happened to fiduciary responsibilty on the part of those running these local utilities?

    NGOs are doing the same thing and getting away with it.

  17. I guess this is why our “delivery charges” are so high on our Bills?………..I wonder if part of the “delivery charge” is gas mileage for the courier who delivers the cheques to McGuinty’s coffers?

  18. I think some of the wind companies even donate to MPP’s themselves and not to just the fiberals. Money makes the world go round

  19. More windy contributions – Northand Power contributed $18500 to the Liberal Party for the 2009 By-election in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
    What a wonderful list!

  20. The present government had the gall to pass a law which says that the people can only voice their concerns on wind turbine issues that are predetermined by the government.

    The government will tell the people which issues they can and cannot voice concerns about.

    Perhaps the accounts for all the public utilites should be examined to see what the money is/was used for?

  21. HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!
    HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!
    HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!
    HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!
    HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!
    HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!
    HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!
    HEY, HEY, HO, HO! DALTON’S BAND OF THIEVES HAVE GOT TO GO!

    Lets beat the rush, start the next election campaign now!

    Good time as any to get the signs ready!

    Sean Holt.

  22. And who do we vote for???

    Give us an option..oh yeah, there isn’t one!

    Anyone want to start up a new Party?……….maybe call it Ontario Citizens Party?

    I’m sure the Wind Companies would line up like good little boys and offer millions to start it up!

  23. Many of the NGOs involved in the green energy scam are nothing more than parasites living off the people’s money.

    The more they are given the more they ask for. They are never satisfied. By this means the NGOs have a continuous supply of money to enrich themselves at public expense.

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