David Herle puts the ass in class it appears. During an interview with CP24, the all-news station in Toronto, Herle, who is also Kathleen Wynne’s campaign manager, called Doug Ford “a bit of a dick.”
If you thought Ontario’s premier and her team would be taking the high road in this campaign, think again. After trying and failing to paint Ford as Ontario’s Donald Trump, they are now resorting to comparing the leader of Ontario’s PC Party to bits of genitalia.
Flip this around and Herle would be out there decrying the sexist nature of any such comment, but for him to stoop that low in a media interview is apparently just fine.
Well, not with sane people.
Liberal pundit Warren Kinsella was quick to point out that this isn’t exactly Herle earning his keep, which apparently is running the Ontario Liberal Party $70,000 per month.
That shocking figure tells me that the Liberals are getting ripped off and that I’m in the wrong line of work.
It also reminded me that Herle is no stranger to outrageous billings. About 18 months ago I dug up some of the crazy invoicing for Herle and co. courtesy of the rather lucrative contracts he was getting from Queen’s Park. Remember, he had these contracts at a time when everyone knew he was Wynne’s campaign manager for the upcoming election and had been the manager of the last one.
Now, I haven’t looked at all the contracts that Herle was able to squeeze out of the provincial government in the last while but in the first couple of years of Wynne being in power, Herle got contracts worth more than $2.7 million.
This includes a contract to provide research services to the Liberal Caucus, via taxpayers funds, that amounted to $1.1 million between April 2013 and March 2015. I’m sure there have been more contracts to that same organization since then.
Wynne’s own department, the premier’s cabinet office paid Herle’s company $885,755 in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2016.
He also had contracts with the Ontario finance department worth $400,000 and multiple contracts with the Ontario Energy Board worth $347,522.15, although the last time I spoke to the OEB they told me that they they had only paid out a little over $90,000.
But my favourite David Herle contract is the one that he had with Ontario Power Generation where he was billing out at $420 per hour. I asked OPG for totals and never received them. I’m guessing when your hourly rate is $420 per hour, the total will be high.
Of course, maybe Herle’s hourly rate of $420 per hour explains why he wouldn’t bat an eye at charging $1,000 a head for reception, not a dinner but just a reception, as he was raising money for Bob Chiarelli earlier this year. Did I mention that Chiarelli was Ontario’s Energy Minister, in charge of OPG, for much of the time that Herle was billing out at $420 per hour.
That ladies and gentlemen is just a taste of who David Herle is. We don’t have time to delve into his past with Paul Martin, his role in shoving Jean Chretien out the door so he could take the Liberals from majority, to minority to defeat. We don’t have time to explain all about his role in the ridiculous “soldiers with guns in our streets” ad.
We don’t have time to go over all the ways that David Herle gets lucrative contracts when his friends are in power.
Let’s just hope that Herle is fired right after Hydro One’s $6 million man and that one day we know how many millions Wynne actually paid her campaign manager using your tax dollars.