So why didn't McGuinty fire Colle then instead of stonewalling demands for his minister's head for three weeks in the Legislature and suggesting his critics were racists?
McGuinty ducked that question in a press conference yesterday, but it is likely there are three answers to it.
Urquhart lists those possible reasons as (a) stubborness (b) unsuccessful attempt to dismiss the allegations as "mere caterwauling by the opposition and the media", and (c) with an upcoming election, McGuinty is in "survival mode".
The Star piece continues:
"Auditor general finds no ties between grants and politics," trumpeted a press release from the premier's office.
That's true, to a certain extent. The auditor general did report that "a few" of the recipient groups had Liberal ties but added: "We found no evidence that the organization received the grant as a result of this."
However, another allegation was beyond the purview of the auditor general to investigate: that the Liberals dispensed the money to curry favour with various ethno-cultural groups.
After all, the citizenship grants weren't handled like a normal government program, with bureaucrats involved. Rather, it was run out of Colle's own office.
But Colle was not a rogue minister, and he didn't find the money for the grants in the men's room of his ministry. It was given to him to distribute by the minister of finance, and McGuinty himself participated in at least one of the ceremonies in which the cheque was presented.
The court will now take a brief recess.