Ontario’s provincial ombudsman reports ‘Tied to bribery and public corruption’

The city of Brampton, a one-time manufacturing and transportation hub, has been shaken to its core after a scathing provincial report noted a decades-long campaign to conceal a relationship between its longtime city manager…

Ontario’s provincial ombudsman reports ‘Tied to bribery and public corruption’

The city of Brampton, a one-time manufacturing and transportation hub, has been shaken to its core after a scathing provincial report noted a decades-long campaign to conceal a relationship between its longtime city manager and a politically-connected developer and alleged wrongdoing that included using taxpayer money to pay for prostitutes.

The report, completed by former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin, said that “there is an impression that nothing could be done about the Mayor’s relationship with the Developer” and that the city was “tied to bribery and public corruption with no limits.”

The report comes after an explosive complaint from former longtime mayor Doug Ford, the brother of current mayor Patrick Brown, who said in September that he had information that the city manager was sharing confidential files with the developer, and that the city had been “corrupt.”

Brampton councillor Andrew Pringle fired back with a blistering letter to Mr. Marin after he raised concerns about the allegations in a statement Tuesday, saying that the report “has been published in a selective manner which causes to believe there is some vindication here for the Commissioner. This is not the case.”

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