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Councillors forgiven for election violations

Election finance violations by three Fort Erie town councillors are not serious enough to merit court action, ruled the Niagara compliance audit committee Tuesday night.

John Hill, Don Lubberts and Paul Collard were forgiven their transgressions during the 2010 municipal elections last October when they accepted donations from ineligible contributors and committed other infractions of the Municipal Elections Act.

Another hearing will be held Wednesday night to pass judgment on Mayor Doug Martin, councillor Stephen Passero and former councillor Ann-Marie Noyes.

Complete story in the upcoming edition of The Ridgeway Herald this week.

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  1. Hugh Prestie | Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hello Mike. I hope you will make some comment about Collards sucking up to the judge like a bad little school boy, promising over and over “I’ll never to do that again.” The biggest laugh was when Collard decided not to sit down and shut up so the judge finally asked … ” So Mr. Collard, what is the first thing you will do when you decide to run for office again???” To which Collard promised vehemently … ” I will open up a separate bank account!!!” I believe that all three of those councillors were conned by FEWPA and I hope the public in those ridings are as repulsed as I am. Anyway, you do good work Mike. Thanks.

  2. Mike Cloutier | Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    Since I had made such a big deal about it in the paper, I’m printing rather lengthy extracts of what the candidates had to say at the hearings as part of the process to provide balance.

    I just hope that the councillors conduct the business of the Town a little bit better than they conducted the business of their campaigns. I also hope that the next time they want to run a staff member through the wringer, alleging malfeasance, or when they impersonate Matlock, that they remember what it’s like.

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