Internet-gambling interests bet on lobbyists with PC ties for a quick win in Ontario - 2019-05-01
It was a policy change most didn't see coming. In their first budget, Doug Ford's Ontario Progressive Conservatives signalled they intend to become the first provincial government to "legalize" internet gambling.
Before that, however, there was a behind-the-scenes lobbying effort by major internet-gambling interests who hired lobbyists with PC ties, notably consultants working for two new firms set up after the Tories took power by Mr. Ford's campaign vice-chair and transition-team chief, Chris Froggatt, and Mr. Ford's election-campaign manager, Kory Teneycke.
Mr. Frogatt and Mr. Teneycke were two parts of a troika that ran the winning Ontario PC campaign, along with Dean French, who is now Mr. Ford's powerful chief of staff. Since the election, their two new firms have enjoyed a lobbying bonanza, signing up a long list of clients who want policy or regulation changes from Queen's Park. And consultants who worked for the two firms tallied a quick win on internet gambling.