‘Lie by omission’
Ford’s PCS hide amid misconduct claims against Jim Wilson
Premier Doug Ford’s government is tight-lipped about the scope of parallel investigations into allegations swirling around a former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister and a key aide.
Despite the premier’s pledge to increase transparency at Queen’s Park, the Tories have gone to ground since Friday’s surprise resignations of Jim Wilson, Ford’s most-experienced minister, and Andrew Kimber, a top adviser. That prompted New Democrat MPP Sara Singh to charge Tuesday the Tories were “misleading” Ontarians about what really happened by initially saying Wilson was leaving cabinet and the PC caucus to deal with addiction issues.
“It has now been five days since Doug Ford’s office released a media statement that tried to cover up the sexual misconduct allegations that now appear to be the actual cause of Jim Wilson’s exit,” said Singh. “This is a lie by omission. There’s information that is being withheld.”
Indeed, other than Children, Community Services and Women’s Issues Minister Lisa Macleod confirming Monday “third-party investigations started to take place immediately,” the government is saying little publicly. “(With) the investigations our underlying principle is protect the identity of anyone who might have come forward,” Ford’s office said.
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Premier Doug Ford often sought the advice of former minister Jim Wilson and Andrew Kimber, a key aide.