Ouellette Pledges Tougher Donor Rules at City Hall

Robert-Falcon Ouellette
Robert-Falcon Ouellette (HANDOUT)

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette targeted ethics reforms at city hall Friday during his latest policy announcement.

The University of Manitoba educator said he would seek to make mandatory, real-time disclosure of donors a requirement for civic campaigns. Information would have to include the amount, donor’s name, their occupation and whether they work for a company or organization that benefits from city contracts.

“It is time to clean up civic politics, and the time to start is during the campaign, not just after the election,” Ouellette said. “That is why I am challenging the other mayoral candidates to follow my lead by releasing the amounts and names of their donors.”

Fellow candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis tweeted Ouellette saying she already discloses such information on her campaign website.

Ouellette also said he would have the city compile and release an annual list of contracts awarded to campaign donors, and create a mandatory registry of the financial interests of the mayor, councillors, and their immediate family members, including their assets, liabilities, and real estate holdings.

— Staff