Wynne’s Campaign Manager Has Been Receiving Contracts From the Premier’s Office

Oh, dear….

The man who helped Kathleen Wynne to victory in the 2014 election has been receiving lucrative contracts directly from the premier’s office according to documents obtained by The Rebel through a Freedom of Information request.

David Herle is the principal player behind a company called The Gandalf Group and according to the bio on the company website, Herle “served as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s campaign co-chair and steered the Ontario Liberals to a majority government in 2014.”

That fact alone has some wondering about the propriety of Herle and his firm billing the taxpayer for almost $900,000 for “research services” in the last fiscal year from one office alone.

A request for a list of contracts awarded by the Cabinet Office at Queen’s Park for the 2015-2016 fiscal year shows a list of 30 contracts, none as big as the ones Herle charged taxpayers for. There are two separate contracts listed for The Gandalf Group, one for $836,600 and another for $49,155. Both contracts simply say “Commissioned Research Services.”

A request to the premier’s office asking what kind of research services were provided was not answered, instead a vague statement was issued about how, “Polling is a cost-effective method of measuring public awareness and attitudes on current and emerging public policy issues.”

Wynne spokesperson Jennifer Beaudry told The Rebel via email that, the hiring of Wynne’s campaign manager was done through a fair and transparent process.

“Every company must be a qualified vendor of record and compete for a project against no less than 5 competitors. The final decision about which vendor is best suited for a project is made by a committee of at least 3 non-partisan public servants,” Beaudry said.

Beaudry even cited polling done for the government by global polling firm Ipsos to determine the success of the #WhoWillYouHelp campaign against sexual violence. While Ipsos did conduct research on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the contract was not awarded through Wynne’s personal department, the Cabinet Office.

In fact, the only polling or research contracts awarded directly through Wynne’s department in the 2015-2016 fiscal year went to Herle’s Gandalf Group.


(Courtesy: SDA)


  • Ontario is a kleptocracy, I keep sayin.

    • Alain

      Yes, but this kind of thing is what one expects to find in places like Mexico, which is even worse in my view.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Jobs for her wife, a couple of her kids, and now contracts for “research” that add up to millions? Can you spell goldbricking? KW is planning on leaving office a multi-millionaire, just like Jean Chrétien did. Evil goes by actual names – likeKathleen Wynne, Jean Chrétien, Stephane Dion, Tom Mulcair.

        I have no explanation as to why Canadian politicians seem to be disproportionately evil when compared to the USA. I suspect it has to do with the British class system and the forms it continues to take in Canada/Canadian society.

  • Clink9

    They should all be lined up and shot with a ball of their own shit.

    • WalterBannon

      there are seven unneeded words in that sentence

  • WalterBannon

    These crooks belong in prison

  • BillyHW

    But Mike Duffy!

    • Alain

      Only our MSM could make Duffy famous and appear to have been the biggest crook on the face of the earth.

      • BillyHW

        The bastard tried to pay back his personal expenses, with non-taxpayer money!

        • Alain

          I know and agree.

          • BillyHW

            It’s unforgivable. At least for 3 election cycles.

    • ontario john

      But what about that murdered gorilla, and Cecil the Lion.

      • BillyHW


  • ontario john

    But Wynne has addressed today the most important issue facing Ontario. One of her cabinet ministers has resigned in order to achieve gender parity. Although the question still remains what gender Wynne is.

  • Gary

    I don’t expect much to happen since the Liberals own the OPP after the 8.3% raise Wynne gave them right before the Election which explained the OPP commercial asking people to vote Liberal to keep the streets save.
    The OPP just happens to be the Provincial Police with no power to Police the Cities or any Non-Provincial strip of Highway . The QEW ended at the Humber River coming in to Toronto which meant that the Toronto Police would patrol the Gardiner up to the Humber .
    Not too sure what “streets” the OPP would be keeping safe other than the small Towns that rent the OPP while remote Towns mostly out West in the North will rent the RCMP for serious crimes issues.

    Wynne will make sure the OPP drags out every investigation beyond the next election so she can avoid talking about it by claiming it’s under investigation by the OPP and I’ll let them do their work .