List of Canadian political scandals

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This is a list of major political scandals in Canada:



British Columbia[edit]

New Brunswick[edit]

Nova Scotia[edit]

  • The Thornhill Affair - involved Roland Thornhill, who resigned as Deputy Premier in the 1990s after allegations dealing with a debt settlement from 1980 was brought into question.
  • The Billy Joe MacLean Affair(The BJM Affair) - MLA Billy Joe MacLean was expelled from the Assembly after Premier John Buchanan's Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation prohibiting anyone from sitting in the assembly who had been convicted of an indictable offence punishable by imprisonment for more than five years. MacLean pleaded guilty to four counts of submitting forged documents - went to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, which upheld Macleans expulsion, but declared the law that prohibited him from running as a candidate to be unconstitutional - MacLean was re-elected in a by-election in 1987. He was subsequently defeated in the 1988 general election by Danny Graham (Liberal).[8]


  • Ontario Bond Scandal - United Farmers of Ontario (early 1920s)
  • Patti Starr scandal in the late 1980s - illegal use of charitable funds for political campaigns donations
  • Ipperwash Crisis - incident involving the shooting death of Dudley George, an unarmed Native activist, by an Ontario Provincial Police officer in 1995[9]
  • Kimberly Rogers - After a disputed welfare fraud conviction, Rogers committed suicide in her Sudbury apartment while under house arrest in 2001, leading to extensive controversy around the Mike Harris government's 1996 welfare reforms, as well as an inquest which made several still-unimplemented recommendations for changes to the system.
  • Toronto Computer Leasing Inquiry - judicial inquiry into improper computer leasing contracts made by Toronto's municipal government in 1999
  • Walkerton water scandal in the year 2000
  • Toronto Police Drug Scandal - multiple scandals broke out in early 2004, as a result of internal affairs and RCMP investigations. Allegations of the sale of narcotics, fake search warrants, raid tip-offs and mob gambling debts involved many dozens of Toronto police officers, including former chief William J. McCormack's son, Michael, who was eventually brought up on 23 charges. As a result of the scandal, the plainclothes downtown unit which many of the charged officers worked out of was disbanded. The court cases relating to these charges continue.
  • ORNGE - Air Ambulance Scandal - In 2011 Ornge was involved in a controversy regarding executives compensation, including President and CEO Chris Mazza. Mazza went on an indefinite medical leave on 22 December 2011 at the height of the scandal. The Toronto Star uncovered that Mazza was receiving $1.4 million a year while remaining off the sunshine list of public employees earning over $100,000. That salary made him the highest publicly paid official in the province. Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews stated that Mazza’s salary was "outrageous, shocking and unacceptable". Ornge Global, Ornge's for-profit division, also received $6.7 million in a contract from Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland, which is also part of the audit by the provincial auditor general. On 16 February 2012 Ornge formally became the subject of an Ontario Provincial Police investigation for "financial irregularities".
  • Ontario power plant scandal - June 06, 2011 Plans to construct a gas-fired power plant in an environmentally sensitive area of Mississauga has some residents up in arms. After weeks of continual protest from concerned community activists in Mississauga and Oakville, the Ontario Liberals decide to cancel the gas plants. NDP MPPs claim the decision was not motivated by environmental concerns but rather political ones.[10]
  • Rob Ford crack video scandal - May, 2013




  1. ^ "Lesson 25: The Pacific Scandal". CBC. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Munsinger Affair". CBC. 18 March 1966. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ PM plans own media centre, Toronto Star, Oct. 15, 2007.
  4. ^ "Who is Julie Couillard". Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b Justine Hunter (1991-09-24). "Scandal, retirement take toll on politicians seeking re-election". the Vancouver Sun. p. B7. 
  7. ^ BC Supreme Court "Reasons for Judgment"
  8. ^ [1] Canadian Parliamentary Review, "The Legislature, Charter and Billy Joe MacLean"
  9. ^ "The Ipperwash Inquiry". CBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2013. [dead link]
  10. ^ Global News - A timeline of the cancelled Mississauga and Oakville power plants

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