Horwath charged $43,000 for extravagant clothes, but criticizes others

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Perhaps Andrea Horwath and the NDP don’t see the sheer hypocrisy of the situation, criticizing PC MPPs for charging equestrian associations for expenses when she charged $43,585 for high-quality clothing.

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The NDP certainly did not see fit to answer questions put to them on the matter on Thursday afternoon.

If you missed this latest election campaign that has nothing to do with the role or functioning of government, let me let you know. The NDP found that several PC MPPs submitted expenses to their riding associations that were approved by their elected councils because all expenses meet requirements set out in law and by the Ontario Elections, which also approved them.

These expenses range from car allowances to meal expenses and, in at least one case, an accommodation supplement. The total, paid mostly with donor dollars, came to $121,499 for all seven over four years.

“All riding association expenses are approved by the local riding association executive, audited by a licensed auditor, and all audited financial statements are reviewed and approved by Elections Ontario,” PC Party said in a statement.

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Some of these expenses are entirely understandable, Greg Rickford, the MPP for Kenora-Rainy River represents a massive cavalcade stretching from Lake of the Woods on Manitoba’s northern border to Hudson Bay. While much of the tour is not drivable, the parts cover a much greater distance than an urban tour like Horwath’s Hamilton-Centre.

It’s worth debating whether all these expenses are justifiable or whether the rules need to be stricter, but for that we would need more information. And the last group that should be leading the charge in this file is Horwath’s NDP.

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When I reported during the 2018 election that Horwath had spent over $43,000 for the NDP on clothing, his office defended him.

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“Like other political leaders, she receives party funds – not public dollars – to buy professional clothes,” the NDP said in a statement at the time.

However, now the NDP is attacking PC MPPs claiming that they use their cycling associations as “personal ATMs”. Riding associations are basically the local party apparatus and funded primarily with donor dollars but also some taxpayer subsidy, just like the NDP.

If one of them is wrong, then both are wrong.

Although the NDP is now demanding that PC MPPs pay all these funds, they have declined to respond to several emails asking if Horwath has already paid the money spent on his wardrobe. They also declined to answer a basic question, how are her actions different from the MPPs she is now denouncing?

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My main issue with Horwath’s hypocrisy in the clothing archive in 2018 was the fact that she was heading to Holt Renfrew, a store most of her constituents couldn’t get into, and spending $5,977.70 on high-end clothing. which the NDP recorded under “travel expenses” in its report for the Ontario elections.

Other high-profile purchases, such as a $12,055.14 charge at the W10 custom clothing store in Toronto’s Chichi area of ​​Yorkville, were labeled “fundraising” expenses, while a $4,300 charge at the Bay was listed as “advertising”.

They portrayed her as a humble Hamilton girl, but dressed her in the finest clothes and tried to hide the expense. Perhaps they knew that spending $43,000 on clothes for the MPP, which represents an area where the average individual income was $23,552, would not go down well.

I’m all for holding elected officials accountable, but Horwath didn’t think he needed to answer for his actions in 2018 and he doesn’t think he needs to answer for them now, but he sure wants to lecture others.

Par for the course for a champagne socialist.

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