Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Well the Financial Statements from the candidates in last fall's municipal election were due to be submitted a month ago. Of course we the public, better known to experienced and long term politicians as the unwashed masses only permitted to "speak" once every four years, haven't even gotten a glimpse of them yet. What a great deal for recalcitrant, incompetent and just plain lazy politicians. Allegedly the Municipal Clerk is examining these Financial Statements prior to their release in the hopes that she can head off the most flagrant and fragrant concoctions that a few councillors come up with. The reality is that for all we know they were all filed late but the new $500 late filing penalty won't be imposed because it's all in house now, out of the public purview. Ahh politicians.

A number of excuses and pathetic whinings were heard from Mark, Sandy and Scott the last time around. Apparently Woolwich really caught the attention of Queen's Park four years ago both with the number of councillors on the wrong side of the law as well as with the Mickey Mouse attempts to properly investigate both by MECAC (Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee) as well as by our courts in Kitchener. Yes Sandy that was corruption and you were a part of it. It may be true that the corruption by the elected councillors was more about deceiving the public than it was about dishonest results. That said Sandy won the 2014 election handily but her manipulations and stick handling afterwards to avoid the consequences of the Municipal Election Act, in my opinion has given Woolwich Township a mayor who history will judge as having been in office illegally. Her reinstatement by Justice David Broad was conditional and she did not abide by those conditions which included producing another new Financial Statement with all appropriate election expenses included. All expenses were not produced and I submitted to the Crown Prosecutor (Fraser Kelly) some of the missing ones which he did not move forward on. The evidence was very strong and included public photographic evidence of election expenses she again failed to include.

It would not surprise me in the least for Sandy and others to be whispering in the new councillors' ears that the bogeyman (me) is lurking in the shadows just waiting to pounce on them for the slightest mistake in their financial statements. Nothing could be further from the truth. One the new councillors (Redekop & McMillan) will be judged upon their behaviour and performance in council. So far I've heard both compliments and criticisms but nothing terrible for either one. Secondly simple and honest errors will not be worthy of much of my valuable time being spent on them. Four years ago the errors were basic, stupid, gross and in some instances even intentionally subtle and sneaky. That was the reality four years ago but liars then are liars now and in a corrupt system and process, lying works. This is the huge reality of our political system.

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