Statement regarding returning a campaign contribution

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Raylene Lang-Dion, Alta Vista Ward candidate for Ottawa City Council, issued the following statement today regarding a campaign contribution:

At the Alta Vista all candidates debate at Hillcrest High School, Jean Cloutier claimed that my campaign accepted a contribution from an Ottawa developer, although he refused to identify the name of the donor to me or to the media. Candidate Cloutier may have been referring to a contribution made by the spouse of a person who owns retail developments in the Greater Ottawa area. While many would not consider such a contribution to be problematic, given my commitment to transparency and my belief in avoiding even the perception of a conflict of interest, I have returned the contribution.

Since the beginning of my campaign, I have been very clear about my fundraising guidelines and have publicly released my list of contributors. Candidate Cloutier has said he will release his list of contributors only five days before the election. I encourage Mr. Cloutier and the four other declared candidates in Alta Vista ward to be equally transparent and to release their list of donors immediately.


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