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TRILLIUM TALK: Private colleges pony up for Doug Ford's PCs

Every Sunday morning, one of our legislative reporters from The Trillium provides an inside look at the week that was in Ontario politics — and the week ahead

Welcome back to Trillium Talk, your must-see briefing from Village Media’s team of journalists at the Ontario Legislature. 

Every Sunday, Scott Sexsmith sits down with one of our staffers at The Trillium to talk about the week that was at Queen's Park — and the week ahead.

Today's guest is Aidan Chamandy, whose latest deep-dive reporting has triggered fresh questions about "cash-for-access" events held by members of Doug Ford's cabinet.

As Chamandy uncovered, the Progressive Conservatives have raked in over $151,000 from directors and executives of private schools that partnered with public colleges since 2018. Almost one-sixth of the total — $24,300 — came from a single event on March 7, 2022 featuring Colleges and Universities Minister Jill Dunlop that benefited her riding association.

The Premier's response? "I can tell you one thing: no one can influence our government."

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