Wynne says bribes to teacher’s unions “normal”

Premier Kathleen Wynne says giving teacher unions millions of taxpayer dollars for negotiating contracts with the province is just the cost of doing business.

Wynne told the Star Friday she doesn’t like the idea or the optics of turning over $2.5 million — no receipts required — to cover the unions’ expenses for things like hotel rooms and so on but says that’s the way it’s done, even in the private sector.

“I understand that in isolation that’s a big number . . . but there is a cost associated with getting those agreements,” said Wynne in a wide-ranging interview.


We need a recall mechanism.

  • APL

    “but says that’s the way it’s done, even in the private sector”. But it’s NOT the private sector. What part of “public service” does Wynne not understand? Actually a rhetorical question since the Ontario public voted her in (and will probably do so again).

    • Frances

      Where in the private sector is this done?

      • ntt1

        certainly not with my union or any other private union I am acquainted with. some times there is a signing bonus but those are rare as hens teeth these days

      • WalterBannon

        only criminal protection rackets run that way

        • Frances

          And this is where the Premier goes for advice and examples of good accounting practices?

    • Clausewitz

      It’s money laundering pure and simple. Hell I’m a teacher and I’ve never seen any of this money. Hell most of the time I’m a thorn in the side of the Union. The money goes only to the Union with the applied reasoning it will only be used by the Union leaders, and then kick backs to the Liberals.

  • Barry Thornton

    Thank Tim Hudak and the old boys in the Ontario PCs for her winning a majority.

    • Waffle

      Correction, Barry: You can thank Jabba the Hutt for this friggin’ mess. She wore the pants — Dim Tim was just a puppet on a string.

    • Chris

      While the PC’s must take the blame for running a lackluster campaign and not staying on message, the media and public unions are the true culprits in the fiasco we have to live with everyday in what used to be the engine of the country. There are no rules in third party political ads so any fantasy can be presented so it is up to the media to call attention to the lies and deliberate deceptions which of course they failed to do. In the age of the LIV those two factors are our doom.

      • simus1

        If rent seekers can get everything they want without any hassle from the presently installed gang, they will stand pat and the opposition will generate zero traction for change. That doesn’t preclude any opposition leader from running a brilliant, sensible campaign as a template for a future effort. Wandering around aimlessly and throwing another simplistic dead fish on the for sale table every few days is not going to cut it.

    • Anyone who believed that Tim Hudak would fire nurses should have no right to vote. That kind of idiocy should not determine how I live.

  • ontario john

    But things are getting better for ordinary Ontarians. We are now getting smudge pot rooms in public buildings so we all can smoke to the sacred moose, thousands of muslims from peace loving Syria are moving here to enrich our lives, and we are going to have one hell of a homosexual parade with Wynne and Trudeau next summer. Happy ways are here.

    • Clear Thinker

      Seabiscuit is already asking Justin for a pardon for their buddy ben Levin.

  • Clear Thinker

    This is a violation of Ontario laws regarding the “receiving of a secret commission”. It has now been discovered, but since the OPP don’t arrest Indians or Liberals since 2003, not much is to be expected.

    • Clausewitz

      It’s against the law? So what they’re Liberals. And they are supported by the stupidest people on the planet.

  • Icebow

    He’s horrible, that Wynne thing.

  • In what country? Russia? Mexico? Italy?

    • Martin B

      Try naming a backward shit hole where governments DON’T pay bribes to stay in power. Haiti here we come!

  • UCSPanther

    Whoops! Wrong place. Moving this post.

  • joe

    The OTPP pension has opened an office in Hong Kong, of all places. Among others it has. The union can’t afford to fund their own “costs” to negotiate a contract? Where do their negotiators live in relation to where the negotiations are concluded?

  • WalterBannon

    Uh, no, Wynne you fucking crook, that is most definitely NOT how things are done in the private sector, unless you are referring to how criminal gangs work.

  • simus1

    Presumably GLLKDW has some budget item available from which the cash bribe was taken as per best accounting practices? Perhaps one of our fine elected officials could provide us with that information? No rush.

  • Edubeat

    Things just seem to be getting curiouser and curiouser over at QP…but hey gang we are really doing it for the kids you know!