Sections of Ontario’s Municipal Elections Act, which regulates campaign financing.
Rob Ford has just filed an appeal with the Ontario Court of Justice, asking that “the decision of the Compliance Audit Committee granting an application for a compliance audit of the 2010 election campaign finances of Rob Ford be set aside” and, further, that “an Order be made rejecting the application for a compliance audit of the 2010 election campaign finances of Rob Ford.” Among the grounds for appeal are a simple statement that “the financial statement [submitted by Rob Ford] complied fully with the Municipal Elections Act and was complete and transparent” and that, technically, the campaign period has not ended (candidates have until June 30 to close their books, and must file their final campaign finance documents on September 30).
The appeal is in response to a detailed audit request filed by two Torontonians at the beginning of this month and which was approved by the City’s Compliance Audit Committee. In essence, it is a request to determine whether Rob Ford adhered to the campaign financing rules which govern elections in the city, or if—due to alleged infractions such as overspending, miscategorizing expenses, and spending outside the official campaign period—those rules were breached in any serious way. The heart of the appeal request is a concern that Rob Ford benefited from his personal assets (for instance, by being part-owner of a company which was able to provide services to the campaign) which would not be available to all candidates.
The full text of the appeal document…
We originally dated the Ford quote to late last week. Though that is the date of the article in which the quote appeared, the quote itself was given a week prior.