Doug Ford and the French connections: The backstory to Ontario's appointments scandal - 2019-08-29
In his campaign to become Ontario's premier, Doug Ford vowed to fight against the "insiders and political elites" he said had infiltrated the Liberal government. This wasn't far off from his brother Rob Ford's "stop the gravy train" motto while running for Toronto mayor. But just more than a year after Doug Ford's election, details emerged about a long and growing list of party loyalists or friends who were appointed to lucrative posts, some with six-figure salaries.
It wasn't just the people filling those roles that initially caught the public's attention: It was also how much money these positions were being offered. Four agents-general announced in June, for instance, would earn between $165,000 to $185,000 a year, plus expenses, to help Ontario businesses attract investments and grow in the United States and Britain. Two of them had connections to Mr. Ford's chief of staff, Dean French. Soon, a string of officials who also had relationships to Mr. French resigned, before Mr. French himself quit. Jamie Wallace, a former Toronto Sun executive who served as interim chief of staff, took over the job permanently in August.
Here's a guide to who has left and how they're connected to Mr. French and Mr. Ford's inner circle.