NDP Councillor Marianne Alto’s campaign finance disclosures: Big unions, NDP federal, provincial politicians: Montreal Gazette shows Alto’s ties to NDP Mayor Fortin, Councillor Lynn Hunter, former Councillors Savoie, Rob Fleming, former NDP Leader Carole James, CUPE, COPE, Victoria Labour Council, etc.

Victoria byelection winner Marianne Alto celebrates Saturday night at Heron Rock Bistro in James Bay.

MARIANNE ALTO CELEBRATING HER SUSPECT 2010 VICTORY

Montreal Gazette photo by Adrian Lam

 

ALTO OPPONENT BARRY HOBBIS TOOK $15,300 FROM RAY PARKS,

PROVINCIAL CAPITAL COMMISSION CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,

FORMER MAYOR PETER POLLEN, ROB REID, CHRIS LEFEVRE

RALMAX, HYACK AIR, SUN CHARIOT HOLDINGS, ETC.

 

An eye-opening report on campaign finance disclosures by candidates in Victoria’s last 2010 by-election by Bill Cleverley, originally published on March 22, 2011 in the Victoria Times Colonist, was picked up by the Montreal Gazette, also published by Postmedia Inc.

The Cleverley report shows that winning candidate Marianne Alto was mainly supported by Big American Labor-affiliated Canadian unions, present NDP Mayor Fortin and Councillor Hunter, former NDP Councillors Savoie and Fleming, former NDP Leader Carole James, and other members of the New Democratic Party, spending $17,035 for 4,529 votes. 

Her main opponent, Saanich businessman Barry Hobbis, spent a staggering $29,170 to lose with 3,220 votes, and was supported by Ray Parks, Provincial Capital Commission CEO, former Victoria Mayor Peter Pollen, Ralmax, Hyack Air, Chris LeFevre and Rob Reid, among others.

When contract negociations between these unions and the Corporation of the City of Victoria come before the Victoria City Council for final ratification, Marianne Alto should immediately recuse herself from voting, because she is now clearly in a potential conflict of interest.

Similarly, if Barry Hobbis decides to run again this fall, and if he is successful in replacing Alto or some other incumbent Victoria City Councillor seeking re-election, he should also recuse himself whenever he might be tempted to give favourable consideration to any of his business supporters.

It is interesting to note that the most fiscally prudent Victoria City Councillor Candidate in the 2010 by-election was sefl-described anarcho-syndicalist Saul Andersen, who spent no money whatsoever to get his 331 votes!

Apparently, Mr. Andersen, in eliminating  his use of tacky plastic lawn signs and paper propaganda products, relied completely on new computer technology to get his message out.

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition supporters should pay careful attention to the antics of NDP Councillor Marianne Alto in the coming months, to make sure that she does not compromise her position as a representative of all the people of Victoria, to instead favour her special interest supporters in the big unions and the New Democratic Party.

[For a link to the Montreal Gazette report by Bill Cleverley, please refer to the comments.]

 

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

Victoria

 

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3 Responses to NDP Councillor Marianne Alto’s campaign finance disclosures: Big unions, NDP federal, provincial politicians: Montreal Gazette shows Alto’s ties to NDP Mayor Fortin, Councillor Lynn Hunter, former Councillors Savoie, Rob Fleming, former NDP Leader Carole James, CUPE, COPE, Victoria Labour Council, etc.

  1. Diane Dillon says:

    As I understand this the support is from american based unions . Also if Denise Savoie is involved there is defintely somehing wrong and Robb follows her around behind her coat tails. At every speaking engagment they are together except a few.So it would appear they are trying to look for credible by fraternizing with the others and keeping close rank with each other.
    I have attended every event evey cause and worked hard for them yet the unjust actions or lack of actions by them is substantial. I live in a majority NDP town but people here are fed up to the point of going liberal or conservative after the events that have taken place at denise office on blanshard st and the cover up of corruption in her own office and that they talk the talk but dont walk the walk. its good they dont work for the fire depatemnt as everyones house would ahve burned to the ground , they have not responded to the call of the people

  2. albe says:

    bet this umpteenth time us oldsters have seen this , funding candidates,to all protestions no i’m not, to benefit from funding. A bylaw to be composed, or some regulation or favouritism in tenders.
    It’s needed to say that taxpayers fund many indoor venues available ,especially inthe evening,such as school auditoria,youtube is no charge ,etc. Why not outlaw donations to campaigns as too much corruption and suspect envisioned. The benefits may be immense for contractors, or is this what we want , the ablest to prove they can influence . Of course this is for the greater good ,right.
    Even public service tv debates may be arranged , like those one minute date /cafe meets.
    Any way would benefit say of a deck built as a favour ,to be returned in kind , because the cheque wasn’t cashed to pay for the deck , be a thing of the past. Such entrappment wouldn’t happen. A free house paint job or roofing, householders would prize, and is tempting.

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