Doug Ford defends fundraising dinner amid cash-for-access criticisms - 2019-02-22
Open this photo in gallery Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to the media during a press conference in Toronto on Dec. 18, 2018. The PC Party is hoping to raise at least $2-million from the dinner, according to sources. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Ontario Premier Doug Ford insists that "no one can influence" him improperly following reports that his party has enlisted registered lobbyists to help sell tickets to a coming fundraising dinner.
Several lobbyists, companies and industry groups say they feel pressure to attend the $1,250-a-person Progressive Conservative Party event in order to maintain high-level access to the government, The Globe and Mail reported this week.