BRAMPTON, ON – Once again, our great city is in the national news for all the wrong reasons because of Patrick Brown.
While the Conservative Party of Canada was investigating serious allegations of election fraud that led to his disqualification, a majority group of Brampton Councillors initiated forensic investigations into allegations of financial irregularities, nepotism and possible backroom contract irregularities under Patrick Brown’s failed leadership. This demonstrates a clear and alarming pattern of behavior.
The CPC decision comes as no surprise to us. In the past few weeks senior staff informed us that $629,000 in contracts went to a firm that employed one of Brown’s closest political allies and a close friend of his main council enabler, Rowena Santos.
Then staff informed us most of the work given to these unqualified people was never even done, despite the taxpayers’ money being handed to them by former staff recruited to City Hall by Brown. Most are no longer here. Other contracts were given to people directly tied to Brown or his chief of staff. Senior staff positions and other employment contracts went to glaringly unqualified individuals connected
to Brown, many through Conservative political circles.
To protect Brampton taxpayers, we recently voted for a series of forensic investigations to find out how the hirings were handled, how the lucrative contracts were given to Brown’s associates, where all the money went and how exactly was it used. We then learned through a media report that City Hall staff have been working at the Vaughan office where Brown has been running his federal leadership campaign.
Since these disturbing revelations and our efforts to find the truth, Patrick Brown, Rowena Santos, Paul Vicente and Harkirat Singh have shut down all public Council meetings. We woke up this morning expecting to go to work but found out Brown had cancelled the Council meeting late last night, the fourth canceled City Council meeting in a row, where we were supposed to deal with the ongoing investigations demanded by Brampton residents.
The CPC took a bold step after conducting its own investigations of Patrick Brown.
He didn’t get away with these tactics in his Conservative leadership bid and he shouldn’t get away with them in Brampton either. We are committed to the same. But we need the support of the public and the Province to force Brown back to work so we can get to the truth about what’s been going on inside City Hall under his abusive leadership.
As we stated before, democracy in Brampton is under siege because of Patrick Brown. It’s time to expose the truth and help us protect the hardworking taxpayers of Brampton.