05.02.2012 11:48 AM

Newsflash: Hudak crony admits he hired Ornge insider, received thousands! Now with other Conservative cronies!


A prominent Progressive Conservative who sat on a variety of ORNGE boards and gave a consultancy job to founder Chris Mazza’s girlfriend told a hearing probing the air ambulance scandal he resigned when he found out about Mazza’s salary.

Pathway Group’s Kelly Mitchell, who was involved in PC Leader Tim Hudak’s election campaign, said his first experience with being a board member was at ORNGE. He sat on half-a-dozen ORNGE public and for-profit company boards.


Liberal MPP David Zimmer quizzed Mitchell on why he hired Kelly Long to be a consultant.

Long, a former waitress and water-ski instructor, was a Pathway consultant at ORNGE who later moved up to an associate vice-president job at the scandal plagued agency.

Mitchell told reporters Mazza gave him Kelly Long’s name.


In 2008, Mitchell was also the campaign chair for Conservative Tony Clement, who is now head of the federal Treasury Board.

And, what a total coincidence! Ornge’s lawyers were Lynne Golding! And Guy Giorno! And former Mike Harris “policy analyst” Perry Martin!  All card-carrying, big-wig Conservatives!

Isn’t that coincidence interesting?


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    Mulletaur says:

    This whole ORNGE business is starting to stink of Ontario Tory cronyism, not to say an organized attempt to embarrass the Ontario government.

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    Cynical says:

    Sure explains the unwillingness of that “investigator” to relate facts.

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    SF Thomas, Ottawa says:

    ORNGE is striking me more and more as a mess that simply went over a lot of people’s heads without any particular relationship to their partisan leanings. Yes it is bad this was not looked into this sooner, but so far I still have yet to see any real smoking gun among the evidence as to who was responsible for the wrong doings and misappropriations of funds except for Dr. Mazza and some of the former board members.

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    Tired of it All says:

    Man, this sh*t writes itself!

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    Michael S says:

    This is what happens when you take advice from Junior’s henchmen.

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