Integrity Commissioner mum on Ford football foundation complaints
Councillor Gord Perks is 90% sure he won't have to complain to the city's Integrity Commissioner about Rob Ford asking lobbyists for donations for his football foundation.
The Toronto Star has published letters sent to at least 2 lobbyists with the mayor's signature on them. In a statement, Ford's office says the foundation "makes every attempt to remove registered lobbyists from its mass mailing lists. If errors were made, they were inadvertent."
Friday afternoon, councillor Perks told Newstalk 1010 he'd be willing to bet someone has already filed a complaint.
If a complaint has crossed Janet Leiper's desk, her office isn't saying. The commissioner's office doesn't comment on whether or nor complaints are rolling in, regardless of the case.
While Perks says no one has explicitly told him they planned to complain, he stresses that there are people who monitor what councillors do "all the time". Perks says he has "frequently" been on the receiving end of calls from the accountability office himself. He says the office looks into inquiries about his actions, he explains the behaviour & it "goes away".
Newstalk 1010 is aware of at least one person who intends to file a complaint but has yet to draft.
So if he's already put his hand up to complain, why not just do it rather than wait for an average Torontonian to do it?
Perks says this is "an important issue of accountability to the public" & is best dealt with by a member of the public, rather than be seen as a sign of division between members of council.