Far-right Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy broke election finance laws, listener says

Faith Goldy, a far-right commentator who has promoted white supremacist views, broke campaign spending laws during her unsuccessful bid for mayor of Toronto in 2018, a listener has found.

Chartered accountant William Molson, appointed by a city committee to audit Goldy’s election expenses after a citizen complaint sparked a hearing in 2019, made the findings in a report to the committee released Friday.

Members of the compliance audit committee will review the findings at a Feb. 8 hearing and may refer them to a provincial prosecutor for possible legal action against Goldy.

Molson discovered that Goldy violated the Municipal Elections Act in several ways.

They include:

  • Failure to report $86,398.49 in campaign period expenses.
  • Failing to declare $56,117.95 in contributions from non-Ontario residents, who could not legally donate to his mayoral campaign, before the end of 2018.
  • Accept and not declare $12,365.99 after December 31, 2018, without requesting an extension of the legal campaign period.

  • Accept a total of $101,118 from ineligible donors outside of Ontario.
  • Exceeding the legal limit of $25,000 to donate to his own campaign by $56,388.63.

The audit was prompted by a complaint from Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and former staffer of Toronto Mayor John Tory, who was re-elected in 2018. Goldy finished a distant third.

During an April 2019 hearing at City Hall, Goldy told the Compliance Audit Committee that there had been no wrongdoing and that his campaign finances had been reviewed by an independent auditor. .

Accompanied by a crowd of cheering supporters, she hinted that the compliance audit request was driven by “politics and money”.

She said her own campaign audit indicated no “cross-pollination” between her personal bank account and the campaign.

During the hearing, attorney Jack Siegel, acting for Balgord, referred to a video in Goldy which allegedly solicited donations “from democracy advocates around the world”. The money goes to my account, not my campaign account, so it’s a very open field.

She was seeking funds for an unsuccessful legal challenge to force Bell Media to air her mayoral campaign ads on a local television station.

“She asked for money so she could run rejected campaign ads,” Siegel told the committee. “She had determined that she needed a trial to do so. It’s campaign money,” and should have been counted as a campaign expense.

Goldy, Molson wrote in his report, “was generally uncooperative in responding to requests for information,” he needed to do the checking.

This delayed his return to committee and, in some cases, “it was necessary to rely on the best information available when applying a standard of ‘balance of probabilities’ in order to reach a reasonable conclusion.”

With files by David Nickle, Toronto.com

David Rider is Star’s City Hall Bureau Chief and a reporter covering City Hall and municipal politics. Follow him on Twitter: @dmrider

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