Toronto councillor files complaint over rival’s photo-op as Ontario vote nears

The Canadian Press

Liberal candidate Peter Milczyn knocks on doors with campaign workers in Etobicoke, Ontario Thursday, July 25, 2013. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

A battle between two Toronto city councillors is heating up ahead of next week’s provincial byelection in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Peter Milczyn — the Liberal candidate running in the riding — has filed a formal complaint to the city’s integrity commissioner and the lobbyist registrar over an issue with a photo-op by PC rival Doug Holyday.

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Holyday appeared with Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak next to a city-contracted garbage truck on Wednesday, with Hudak touting Holyday’s role in privatizing west side garbage collection.

Milczyn has asked the integrity commissioner to investigate whether the truck could be a contribution from a lobbyist or a gift, and whether it violates the city’s policy against using a city resource during an election.

Holyday’s campaign says the truck was not in use at the time of the photo-op and no city resources were diverted.

Responding to Milczyn’s complaint, Holyday calls it “a desperate move by desperate people” and an attempt to distract voters from Liberal government scandals.

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