Ford faces tough questions as NDP asks for probe into ex-PC candidate’s alleged role in data breach


    Progressive Conservative Chief Doug Ford confronted tough questions on Thursday as controversy canine the abrupt resignation of the occasion’s candidate in Brampton East.

    Simmer Sandhu stop his put up Wednesday night as it was revealed that his one-time employer, 407 ETR, introduced it was probing the “inside theft of data” that affected some 60,000 clients. 

    Whereas the corporate didn’t specify who’s underneath investigation, Sandhu launched a press release saying he had lately been made conscious of allegations made in opposition to him. He referred to as them “completely baseless” and stated he is assured his title can be cleared. 

    On Thursday afternoon, the New Democratic Celebration referred to as on Ontario’s chief electoral officer to launch an investigation into the “alleged misuse of private data from 407 ETR.

    “We’re profoundly troubled by these allegations,” stated the NDP’s provincial secretary, Kara Webber-Gallagher, in a press release.

    “As there are fewer than 21 days left in the Ontario election and as superior voting begins subsequent week, time is of the essence.”

    The NDP included 10 questions the occasion would wish to see answered by such an investigation, the primary being, “Does the PC Celebration of Ontario, its campaigns or its candidates, have in their possession or entry data from the 407 ETR?”

    Whereas campaigning in Cambridge, reporters pressed Ford to make clear what the PCs might have identified in regards to the existence of the data. The Tory chief stated he “discovered about this yesterday” and stated little to develop on a previous assertion circulated by his marketing campaign spokesperson.

    “I instantly made the choice,” Ford stated of his option to half methods with the candidate. “Our occasion is trying into this … I took fast motion as quickly as I discovered and we’re transferring ahead with a brand new candidate.”

    When requested how he would possibly reply if the scandal envelops different candidates, Ford stated merely, “We can’t tolerate it.”

    He stated any additional questions in regards to the data breach needs to be directed at Sandhu himself. 

    Ford was additionally stricken by questions about his attendance at an April 29 fundraiser in Scarborough, a breach of Ontario election finance legislation. 

    Ford stated he attends lots of of occasions and that he was “very clearly misled” in regards to the function of the fundraiser by its organizer, who has since been fired from the PC marketing campaign group. 

    At a marketing campaign occasion in Kingston, Liberal Chief Kathleen Wynne referred to as each controversies “very disturbing” and stated Ford ought to present a “full public accounting” as soon as the PCs have had time to research what went on.

    “Doug Ford is aspiring to guide the province and I feel there’s just one course, and that’s full transparency and honesty. I feel he must deliver in the police and I feel he must share every part that’s identified,” she informed reporters.



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