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Liberals to reveal new allegations against Doug Ford in membership controversy

Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 8:15 am EDT

Ontario PC leader Doug Ford is seen with Etobicoke Centre PC candidate Kinga Surma during the opening of her campaign office (Doug Ford/TWITTER)

There are new allegations implicating Ontario PC leader Doug Ford in another nomination and membership controversy.

In a brief statement issued Wednesday night, the Ontario Liberals say they plan to release a recording Thursday morning of Ford and Etobicoke Centre PC candidate Kinga Surma. However, no further details were provided as to what is contained in the recording.

CityNews attempted to reach Surma for comment regarding the allegations but did not receive an answer.

According to her website, Surma’s work with politics dates back to 2010 while she was hired during Rob Ford’s mayorship.

After losing out to Justin Di Ciano in the 2014 municipal elections in Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Surma went to work for Christine Elliot as she ran for the leadership of the Ontario PC party. Following Patrick Brown’s victory in the leadership contest, she joined his office in the role of Caucus Relations.

Surma captured the PC nomination in Etobicoke Centre in November 2016, drawing praise from Brown for her experience working at all three levels of government and for “being a tireless conservative activist.”

Ford has been under attack since allegations surfaced last week that Tory candidates may have used stolen customer information obtained as part of a data breach from a toll highway operator.

The controversy has already resulted in Brampton East candidate Simmer Sandhu’s abrupt resignation shortly after 407 Express Toll Route issued a statement about what it called an “internal theft of customer data” affecting 60,000 people.

Sandu was a former employee of the company.

When asked if the stolen data was used by some candidates to win nomination races, Ford said the party was “looking into this” and that questions on other candidates would have to be directed to them.

“This goes back to Patrick Brown,” Ford said at a campaign event last weekend. “You want to get answers on this, Patrick Brown was the leader under this whole group of people.”

Correction: Kinga’s website states her political career started when she was hired in 2010 while Ford was mayor. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that she worked on Rob Ford’s mayoral campaign.