Going back in the way back machine to find out why Greg Sorbara had to leave cabinet [The Progressive Right, Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara Resigns, October 2005]:
Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara stepped aside last night, following revelations that he is a target of a long-running criminal investigation into Royal Group Technologies Ltd.Following this, a judge had ordered that there was not enough evidence for Mr. Sorbara's name to appear on a criminal search warrant [CTV, Greg Sorbara's name removed from search warrants]:
He was named in the search warrants filed in court, along with a handful of former Royal Group executives, including founder Vic De Zen. The RCMP accuses the men of unlawfully defrauding shareholders and creditors "by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means" from Jan. 1, 1996 to Sept. 30, 2002.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer struck down parts of the search warrants that had Sorbara's name listed but the remaining sections are still in effect.Since Mr. Sorbara resigned the cabinet position as a result of the search warrant, and he's no longer named on the search warrant, he should be reinstated. If he's found to have done something illegal, he'll get to step down again.
Nordheimer said police acted hastily and with insufficient information when they added Sorbara's name to the warrant. The warrant also included several other former top executives at the company.
I'm nothing, if not consistent.
Now, I couldn't go an entire post without a jab.
Jeers to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. What is the Ministry of Small Business and Entrepeneurship and why is Liberal MPP Harinder Takhar the Minister for it [Office of the Integrity Commissioner, Report of the Honourable Coulter A. Osborne Integrity Commissioner Re: the Honourable Harinder Takhar, Minister of Transportation & Member for Mississauga Centre [PDF]]:
"Thus, I conclude that the Minister has breached s.11 of the Act and parliamentary convention associated with the establishment of management trusts by allowing Mr. Jeyanayangam to continue as his trustee after he became treasurer of his Riding Association and by failing to disclose that Mr. Jeyanayangam was his CFO under the Election Finances Act." [Page 29, Section 95]Mr. McGuinty called it a "lapse in judgment". Voting for the Ontario Liberals is a "lapse in judgment".
"I also recognize that in circumstances like this, there is a political price that sometimes has to be paid … I [am] issuing a reprimand under s.34(1)(b). Upon the filing of this Report with the Speaker, that reprimand will be duly recorded." [Page 30, Section 97]
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