Ex-MP made $1M on Ontario town deals while sister was mayor, inquiry reveals

OPP still investigating alleged wrongdoing in Collingwood utility, construction deals

Former Ontario Liberal MP, the Hon. Paul Bonwick, earned more than $1 million in consultant’s fees on a series of backroom deals involving public money while his sister was a local mayor, a judicial inquiry has revealed.

Public hearings got underway Monday in the ski and summer vacation town of Collingwood, Ont., northwest of Toronto, with inquiry lawyers making public key emails and documents from 440,000 pages of evidence they’ve gathered.

Town council called the probe after Ontario Provincial Police began investigating the multimillion-dollar sell-off of part of Collingwood’s power utility and allegations of improper influence and kickbacks involving the proceeds.

Bonwick told CBC News Monday that he and his company, Compenso Communications, performed “a broad range of consulting services” to earn the money and flatly denies any collusion with his sister, town officials or utility insiders to gain an unfair advantage.