Lottery whistleblower Bob Edmonds died of cancer yesterday - just days after the OLG finally issued a "formal written apology to Mr. Edmonds and agreed to compensate him for $72,000 in legal expenses that were not covered by the settlement agreement."
The Star has a lengthy tribute including glowing words of praise from Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin:
"He'll be remembered as the guy who just wouldn't go away," said Marin, crediting the 83-year-old's David-and-Goliath battle with the lottery corporation as the catalyst for an investigation that accuses unscrupulous retailers of bilking millions in lottery winnings from unsuspecting customers.
Meanwhile, things are starting to heat up as the focus inches ever closer to the office of the Premier. David Caplan and Dalton McGuinty had been denying any government involvement with the OLG's public relations offensive to counteract the fraud fallout.
Yet John Tory seems to suggest a link:
Tory revealed yesterday that Don Guy, McGuinty's former chief of staff and the chairman of his upcoming election campaign, attended a meeting with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. officials who were doing damage control following a report by the CBC's Fifth Estate into insider lottery wins.
And it gets worse:
Documents obtained by Sun Media show that Bob Lopinski, another key McGuinty adviser who left the premier's office for a job with the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton, was also invited to the Oct. 29 meeting with former McGuinty communications director Jim Warren and Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella.
The OLG eventually launched a media relations campaign claiming retailers win more lottery prizes because they buy more tickets -- an argument later destroyed by Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin, who found the shopkeepers and retailers won more because they likely defrauded their customers.
Marin said the OLG knew at the time that retailers could have corrupted the system.
Yesterday in the Legislature's Question Period, John Tory said of Don Guy that "We are not dealing here with just some guy off the street. This is your main man, the big cheese."
Well that cheese must be Limburger, because it's starting to stink.
Mr. Guy has confirmed his involvement.
Let's hope that John Tory pursues this matter so that we are able to find out the truth - for our sake and for the memory of Bob Edmonds.