A year and a half after stepping down, Former premier Dalton McGuinty has registered as a government lobbyist. The former education premier is now the education lobbyist.
His registration indicates he will lobby for MPPs, as well as the Ministries of Education and Training, Colleges and Universities. His aim, it says, is to get Desire2Learn’s technology into more schools and postsecondary institutions.
His online registration as a consultant lobbyist say he is seeking “to enhance the presence of Desire2Learn education technology in Ontario’s schools, colleges and universities,”.
Desire2Learn Inc. has received $3,143,666 from government and government agencies in the current fiscal year.
That includes $3,000,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
McGuinty left office after a strong wiff of scandal broke in February of last year. He was blamed for cancelling two gas-fired power plants in the GTA at an estimated cost of a billion dollars.
It was later made public that his former chief of staff was accused of bringing in an outside information technology expert to wipe computer hard drives and therefore was the subject of a police investigation.
McGuinty has repeatedly denied knowing anything about the alleged destruction of records. His former chief of staff has also denied allegations.
Are you surprised McGuinty is lobbying for this software? Is there anything wrong w/ hiring McGuinty because he has connections? As a taxpayer, do you think McGuinty lobbying for this company is legit? Is it too soon for him to show his face again?
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –