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Closing Submissions Are In For Part One Of Inquiry

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

Closing submissions for the first part of the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry are now in.

Closing submissions for the first part of the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry are now in.

This part of the inquiry looked into the sale of half of the town's electric utility, Collus, to PowerStream in 2012.

One of the witnesses, Paul Bonwick, is the brother of then Mayor Sandra Cooper.

Questions were raised by lawyers at the inquiry about Bonwick's role as a contract worker with PowerStream and a possible conflict of interest.

Bonwick's closing statement says, " I will state with absolute conviction that any of my efforts or involvements in the Town of Collingwood related to public or corporate affairs was always predicated on what I believed to be in the best interests of the community."

Lawyers for the town of Collingwood say in their closing statement that, " Paul Bonwick, in his dual roles as a consultant for PowerStream and a close political advisor to Mayor Cooper, was in an irredeemable conflict of interest. His involvement in the sale was improper and detrimental to the Town."

The lawyer for Sandra Cooper concludes his statement by saying, "I submit that in these circumstances, there was no violation of the Code of Ethics...by Mayor Cooper."

Part Two of the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry will look at what was done with the proceeds from the sale of half of Collus to PowerStream.

This second part starts next Wednesday, September 11.

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