Fedeli Called for Halt to Awarding of Contract to Great Canadian Gaming

According to an interview with John Oakley that is embedded in a larger article by Sam Cooper, the finance minister was quite adamant about stopping the awarding of the Great Canadian Gaming contract.

But between Patrick Brown’s removal on January 23/24 and the peak of the stock, insiders made a cool 1.5 Billion dollars. Nice if you would have known the outcome and the valuation multiple based on the deal.

But after January 26th, the PC Party never took up the issue again. WHY? As Ontario citizens, we should ask why. He is your Finance Minister after all. To quote our Premier, “he is a man with the upmost integrity.”

Read the full Cooper article here.

Excerpt from the article and links to PC Party:

On Oct. 21, former PC party president Rick Dykstra sent out emails titled “Corrupt gaming strategy” and citing the money laundering probe in B.C.

“We should be going after these guys in the house,” Dykstra wrote, to Patrick Brown. “We show their process is corrupt and we can call their whole strategy into question. Just spoke with Duncan Brown, former head of the OLGC. He said based on this, he would toss Great Canadian Gaming.”

OLG executives declined to be interviewed for this story. In a prepared response spokesman Tony Bitonti wrote, “OLG has confirmed with B.C. and Ontario officials that Great Canadian is not under criminal investigation for illegal activity involving money laundering.”

On Oct. 30 2017 in Queen’s Park, PC finance critic Victor Fedeli came out swinging.

“Internal government documents reveal a $500-million money-laundering investigation in B.C.,” Fedeli said. “We read about ‘suspicions of ‘terrorist financing,’’ possible organized crime connections, hockey bags full of cash — tens of millions of dollars in $20 bills. The RCMP investigation goes back to 2015. To the finance minister (Charles Sousa): What did he know and when did he know it?”

And Fedeli pointed directly at Sousa.

“Did the minister know his hand-picked casino operator is linked to a money-laundering investigation?”

Sousa, in response to Fedeli’s attacks, insisted the OLG contract process was fair, transparent, and not politically influenced in any way.

PREMIER FORD ATTACKS BROWN AS USUAL

By Alexander Penfold

The following is an excerpt from the Bramptionist, November 18th. My comments follow.

“In an interview with outlets outside Queen’s Park, Ford was asked Monday about what he thought of Brown’s move to pick a fight with the PC party. Ford said, “He really went after people. It’s disappointing and I have to question his leadership.”

 Brown Addresses Media and Book Launch

Brown Addresses Media and Book Launch

Ford and Brown have been known to have a contentious relationship and one of the big questions has been whether Brown can collaborate with the province to further Brampton’s agenda and fund major projects to move the city forward. The jury’s still out on that, however.

In the interview, Ford says he thinks Brown did a “disservice to the people of Brampton” by moving ahead with releasing Takedown after winning the mayoral race.

“It’s common sense, you win the mayor of Brampton [race], I would have scrapped the book as quickly as possible, but he wants to get out there and continue trashing people.”

Even before the book was released it was causing a stir in political circles. Last week Ford came to the defense of MPP Lisa McLeod who is just one a group of elected officials and party insiders Brown talks about in his book.”

Optimum Publishing released a Canada-wide Press Release through Canada NEWS WIRE on Friday calling out the premier for spreading false rumours about the content in the book. (SEE FRIDAY PRESS). While the PC Party has demonstrated some fake solidarity prior to the convention in support of Fedeli, the discord and splitting of the party was on full display this weekend. Mr. Brown continues to stand by his tell all book that explores the inner workings of the party apparatus, the plotting by players seeking power and backroom deals and those that broker them. Ford, once an ally, has continued to demonstrate his petty and vindictive streak since winning the leadership of the PC Party and now as Premier.

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The Political Comeback of the Decade

Patrick Brown Makes Comeback in Brampton

The Political Comeback of the Decade

TORONTO, ON, CANADA, October 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/
Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown. Hardcover $39.95

PB is better off away from the PC Party's nest of vipers.These Keystone Kops of politics, couldn’t organize a secret stab-in-the-back conference call any better than they could a one-car funeral.”
— Christie Blatchford, National Post Newspaper

Who is on the right side of political history in Ontario?

Today, Optimum announces the publishing date for Patrick Brown’s tell-all book, Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown. This searing critique of the rivals and colleagues who betrayed him, and the friends, family, and supporters who stood by him is a political story like no other.

In the most compelling political memoir this century, Brown takes you through his rise in politics, his successes and failures—and most importantly, the events that led to his swift fall from grace.

Even before the TV cameras were turned off, his closest advisors were headed for the exits, negotiating with rival campaigns that supposedly didn’t even exist. There’s no question that Brown was the victim of a smear job, but one paid for by whom? Liberal? PC Party? Bay Street? or rogue actors?

FROM CHAPTER 5: NIGHT OF KNIVES

“I listened to my caucus, my team, my colleagues. I remember that early into the call, someone said, ‘Oh, that fucking Lisa has already gone out with a statement.’

"As I listened in, what I heard horrified me. Some of my colleagues had transformed into hyenas.”

Chapter 5 chronicles and captures Brown’s thoughts and emotions as he and Thompson (his communications director) listened to the caucus call for 20 minutes; until announcing they had been on the call for its entirety. This compelling chapter will take the reader through an emotional journey of what took place before and leading to his unintended resignation.

The call was released by Maclean's magazine a month later. Macleans will release an interview on the book on November 15th.

The book is a who's who of both the past Liberal and the PC government as well as the Conservative establishment both in Ontario and Ottawa.

A sample from the INDEX of all Indexes here.

Source: opibooks.com

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Takedown, The Political Assassination of Patrick Brown. 2300 copies remain.

250 copies remain of the Limited Edition. Only $45.00.

We are pleased to announce that there are only 250 Special Edition copies of the book available as of 8:00 a.m. today for the $45.00 introductory price. In less than 4 days, the sales have been phenomenal and we have been overwhelmed by the response to this important, landmark political book.  This signed and numbered Foil stamped edition is only available through this special offer. 

After June 15th it will only be available at the regular 39.95 price + shipping and handling (unsigned). Please order your copy today.  

 

On Free and Fair Trade: The Supply Management Conundrum 

Was Maxime Bernier right?  Is Supply Management a symbol of the past that continues to penalize families to the Tune of 7.1 Billion each year?  Yes, that is correct. The average low-income family could use a 750 dollars a year after tax break like that.  

During the height of the leadership contest, Maxime Bernier reacted to Donald Trump with an open letter published by the Globe and Mail.  This touched off a heated debate in Canada, but it was clear Maxime was on the right side of history. Will the Canadian government start to open up the Dairy, Egg and Poultry industries to US producers as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement?  At Optimum we think so and it is why we are publishing Books That Matter