The city of Brampton is facing additional scrutiny after an investigation into its governance by the Ontario Municipal Board found the municipality’s election run by Mayor Susan Fennell “unlawful,” but it was met with another set of accusations from one of Fennell’s critics.
“It is disappointing that the OMB has yet to address the fact that out-of-office credit cards have appeared on multiple websites,” Brampton director of corporate services, Samer Kasam, told the Toronto Star Sunday. “It is troubling that as of now, there is no evidence that any potential violations have been found.”
A report released Nov. 19 by the OMB found that Fennell “manipulated” the 2014 municipal election to improve her chances of keeping her post. The board’s report did not make any specific findings on whether the alleged actions taken by Fennell constituted criminal wrongdoing.
However, the terms of reference for the board of review specifically looked at any evidence that candidate Euan Ryan used campaign funds inappropriately. Fennell’s supporters alleged that Ryan participated in “sinister activities” through city staff, such as acquiring cars from the city’s new transportation department and hiring children of city officials as interns in his campaign, but those accusations were not as specifically cited in the OMB’s report as another allegation — that Fennell ran an “overtly partisan campaign.”
Kasam argued in a statement that the city had “been vindicated” by the report but he was “disappointed that there is no offer for a meaningful settlement of all claims.”
Fennell, on the other hand, told the Star that the OMB report had confirmed that she “did nothing wrong.”
Fennell was not running again in the election when she stepped down this month, leaving her position temporarily given her position on the city’s acting board of education. The OMB decision has yet to be finalized and Fennell said she will not return until a resolution is reached.
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