Mayor has become the mouth piece for the OPP and HRPS - reports on a court date for the person behind the numbered company that did her dirty during the election.

Crime 100By Pepper Parr

January 9th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward today tweeted that “The Third Party Advertiser who targeted my 2018 mayoral election campaign with negative advertising was arrested over the Christmas holidays, and will make his first court appearance Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Milton courthouse, 491 Steeles Ave. E.”

Meed Ward reports that: Sean Baird has been charged with:

Uttering a Forged Document – Contrary to section 368(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada;
Fraud over $5000 – Contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada; and
Corrupt Practice (four counts) – Contrary to the Municipal Elections Act.

She adds in her Tweet that: Court dates and schedules can be checked through this link up to a week in advance: http://www.ontariocourtdates.ca (agree to terms on the main page and select Milton).

Meed Ward H&S profile

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“We will continue to share public information with the community when we learn about it as this case moves through the court system. I am thankful to the police investigating and laying charges in any matter that has the potential to undermine elections, the foundation of our democracy” said Meed Ward.

What is both interesting and disturbing is that the Gazette has been communicating with both the Ontario Province Police, who are believed to have carriage of this case, due to the investigative work done by the Anti Rackets Branch (ABR) and the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) who are still doing local investigations.

The ABR appear to have lost their tongues; the person we talked to said someone would get back to us.

We heard from the HRPS asking what we knew. We referred them to the Gazette where we have reported consistently on this case well before the Mayor made it a police matter.

Everything you want to know is still on the web site.

The disturbing part of all this is that the Mayor is releasing information that should be public knowledge. The first bit of information on Baird and the Provincial Police came out in an OPP media release saying they were looking for Baird.

Is the Mayor of Burlington now the mouth piece for the OPP? How long has the Mayor had this information? And who gave it to her?

There is an interesting cast of characters on the stage. A former Mayor, a former Member of Parliament and a former candidate for Mayor and Regional Chair.

The question is – who put Baird up to creating numbered corporations and what is he prepared to tell the police? Or was a developer with a development application before Local Planning Act Tribunal (LPAT) the cheque book behind all this?

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1 comment to Mayor has become the mouth piece for the OPP and HRPS – reports on a court date for the person behind the numbered company that did her dirty during the election.

  • Perryb

    You miss the point. From this report, the authorities are not willing to share information which should be open to the public. If some of the public does not care to know, thats beside the point.