Top Doug Ford Adviser Sent Premier's Office Backchannel Message About Meeting With Russian Government - 2022-06-01
A trusted adviser to Ontario Premier Doug Ford admits relaying a message to the Premier's Office about attempts to arrange a meeting between representatives of the Government of Ontario and the Russian Federation.
The backchannel communications involved Russian government officials, expelled diplomats, Russian corporate entities sanctioned by the United States, as well as Ontario PC insiders linked to wealthy Ontario developers.
One of those insiders is Frank Klees, a former Ontario PC cabinet minister under Mike Harris who served as a top adviser and campaign surrogate during Ford's 2018 leadership bid. Ford has personally described Klees as a "legendary PC Party stalwart and a good friend."