Premier Doug Ford minister Kinga Surma's father working as Queen's Park political aide, sources say - 2019-06-27

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F94.png Premier Doug Ford minister Kinga Surma's father working as Queen's Park political aide, sources say June 27, 2019, Robert Benzie, Toronto Star

Embroiled in a cronyism scandal, Premier Doug Ford's government is defending the controversial hiring of a cabinet minister's father as a way of tapping the talent of "everyday" people.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce was dispatched by the premier's office Thursday to defend the appointment of Associate Transportation Minister Kinga Surma's father to a policy advisor's post as Ford copes with a growing scandal that cost him his trusted chief of staff, Dean French.

"We had too many ivory tower people advising the former Liberal government," Lecce told at a hastily-called late afternoon news conference when asked about Miroslaw Surma's qualifications.

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