Thursday, October 14, 2010

Majority of Toronto District School Board Trustee Incumbents Rely on Union Funds for Campaigning

The findings were gleaned from an analysis of candidates' financial reports from the 2006 election (City of Toronto website). According to Neil Flagg, candidate for trustee in WARD 5 (York Centre), 15 out of 22 elected trustees (68%) received union donations during the 2006 election, and of the 15 incumbents, 12 are seeking re-election in 2010. If re-elected, these incumbents would constitute a majority (55%) at the Board.

"The potential for conflict of interest in allowing unions to fund campaigns is obvious, and was recognized as such by the City of Toronto when council voted to ban union donations. Accountability at the TDSB begins when we know that trustees truly have the best interests of their constituents, and the taxpayers, at heart." said Neil Flagg.

Read more at Blazing Cat Fur.

This makes me wonder...are unions funding the school trustee incumbents in Ottawa? Hmm....

Addendum: The same is true of Catholic school trustee incumbents...