TORONTO -- Ontario's New Democrats identified a third former Liberal cabinet minister -- Monte Kwinter -- listed in OPP documents as allegedly receiving free cleaning from a man at the centre of an elaborate government kickback scheme.
The investigation into the scheme resulted in criminal convictions of three government officials who pleaded guilty to breach of trust and accepting secret commissions from a corrupt cleaner-turned-police-agent.
The cleaner, Bruno Perciasepe, testified at a preliminary hearing that 172 government officials, including cabinet ministers, received free cleaning services.
The OPP has told QMI Agency that investigators did not charge anyone on the list and there was no wrongdoing. Politicians interviewed by QMI Agency, which conducted its own investigation, denied receiving free cleaning.
The NDP on Thursday said that Kwinter, a former public safety minister and veteran MPP who is seeking re-election in the riding of York-Centre, was among the 172 individuals named by Perciasepe.
In 2012, the police agent told a preliminary hearing he cleaned Kwinter's Forest Hill home and over-billed a government purchase number given to him by Kwinter's corporate secretary. No charges were ever laid in connection with the allegation.
During a recent interview with QMI Agency, Kwinter steadfastly denied Perciasepe's assertions.
"That's not true. I've never had anyone at Queen's Park work on my house, never," Kwinter said.