May 10th, 2023

Stiles fights Ford’s return to cash-for-access culture in government

QUEEN’S PARK – Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition NDP, will hold Ford’s cash-for-access government to account during debate on Stiles’ private member’s bill this evening.

“As elected leaders in Ontario, we need to hold ourselves to the highest standard,” said Stiles. “Our constituents have put their faith in us, trusting that we will always put their wellbeing first. When lawmakers have even the appearance of accepting gifts, it shakes the trust of Ontarians.”

Stiles tabled Bill 100, the 'Strengthening Members’ Integrity Act' in April, and if passed, it would strengthen the provisions of the Member’s Integrity Act to ensure Ontario law-makers don’t accept gifts that are directly or indirectly related to their job or provide the appearance of a conflict of interest.

“I put forward this simple solution as a first step to restore transparency and accountability in government,” said Stiles. “I am confident that Members on both sides of the House will vote to secure the public’s trust in a government that works for everyone – not just the wealthy and well-connected.”

Stiles’ private member’s bill will go to second reading debate at approximately 6 p.m. today.