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Brian Lilley ‏@brianlilley

Dodgy donations from a Quebec based union organizer to ONT Liberals + a plum posting for the donor - details http://bit.ly/1qBGvdx #onpoli


TORONTO — Elections Ontario has been asked to investigate whether a member of the Ontario College of Trades' board of governors violated Ontario election law.

At issue is whether union president James Barry — a resident of Quebec — inappropriately and repeatedly donated money to Ontario Liberal riding associations using his Ottawa union address.

Ontario election law prohibits individuals who live out of province from making donations to provincial riding associations.

It also prohibits an individual's name to be listed on behalf of a corporation or trade union.

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry PC MPP Jim McDonnell filed a complaint with Elections Ontario in late January because, he said: "It's clear you have to be a resident of Ontario to make the donations ... if (Barry's) not a resident, he's not eligible to make donations. It's as simple as that."

Barry is president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Construction Council of Ontario, and business manager at the Ottawa branch, IBEW Local 586.

Nearly $11,000 in donations were made under Barry's name to five Ontario Liberal riding associations and the Ontario Liberal Party between 2008 and 2011.

The ridings include Beaches-East York (2008 ); Leeds Grenville (2010); Mississauga East-Cooksville (2010); Ottawa Centre (2009); Ottawa-West Nepean (2011); and the Ontario Liberal Party (2009).


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