‘Lie by omis­sion’

Ford’s PCS hide amid mis­con­duct claims against Jim Wil­son

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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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RENÉ JOHN­STON/TORONTO STAR

Pre­mier Doug Ford of­ten sought the ad­vice of for­mer min­is­ter Jim Wil­son and An­drew Kim­ber, a key aide.

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