So when you heard that developers couldn’t contribute to municipal political candidates fund-raising, you went, “Good idea. Makes campaigns more democratic.”
Except Premier Kathleen Wynne’s reforms actually make corporate interference in campaign more prevalent.
Because what few reporters left covering municipal politics can’t find a company on candidates’ documents … just employees and executives. But those donations are there, just under individual names.
Furthermore, the Ontario government has created Super PACs like those in the U.S. Corporate and labour organizations plus individuals can create their own fund-raising campaigns outside of those by candidates and so get around their donations to individual politicians.
So why the faux reforms? Because these same organizations donate to provincial parties and you can’t offend, can you? Wynne’s reforms look like reforms except they are not.
Why is there limited availability of beer from multiple outlets in Ontario? Why is there a beer oligopoly?
Because brewers contribute mightily to provincial campaigns. There is no good reason for maintaining a beer oligopoly unless you’re running for office.
No one else benefits except politicians.
And so municipal politicians who toe the corporate line will get massive funding through individual company employees and executives and through Super PACs.
Who benefits? Mayor Jim Watson.