Doug Ford defends fundraising dinner amid cash-for-access criticisms - 2019-02-22
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.
"I can tell you one thing: No one can influence Doug Ford, no one can influence my ministers or my caucus," he said on Friday in Washington, where he is on a trade mission. "Lobbyists … they want to get their point through, good luck to 'em. But we're going to do the right thing for the people. We're a government for the people, we're going to do the right thing for taxpayers."