Democracy Watch urges Ontario's integrity watchdog to show teeth - 2019-11-14
The man whose job is to guard against improper influence peddling in Ontario politics should issue public rulings about the role of two prominent Progressive Conservative advisors who moved on to head lobbying companies, transparency advocacy group Democracy Watch said on Thursday.
Ontario's Integrity Commissioner David Wake should bar Chris Froggatt and Kory Teneycke from engaging in lobbying efforts until after the next provincial election given their close association with Doug Ford's government, Democracy Watch said, but at the very least he should issue his opinion on the topic publicly.
"A public watchdog has to issue public rulings," the group's co-founder Duff Conacher said in a phone interview. "Not only to prove he's doing his job properly but also because the public has a right to know whether people are violating these key laws that protect our democracy."