Dear Friends,

It has been an honour to serve the people of Brampton as mayor. Together, we have accomplished great things for our world-class city.

Brampton has become a leading destination for businesses to invest, expand service offerings and create jobs. We are tackling gridlock with investments in public transit, and the expansion of Züm. Our City has an unrivalled quality of life to live, work, play and pray.

2014 is an election year. I am proudly seeking re-election as your mayor. I want to build on our accomplishments and continue to get things done for families, seniors and small business owners. At the heart of my campaign is my plan to establish two new universities.

Here you will find information on ways you can get further involved in our campaign for Brampton's promising future. Volunteer, donate, request a lawn sign, and share your own ideas on ways we can make Brampton an even better place to call home.

Sincerely,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2014

Mayor Susan Fennell Delivers Services for Brampton

Brampton, ON - The results are in: Brampton residents recognize Mayor Susan Fennell’s strong track record and accomplishments. In a random telephone poll, Bramptonians agree that Mayor Fennell delivers results to her community.

The Abacus Data poll, which surveyed 500 Brampton residents, found that strong fiscal management is the top issue among Brampton voters (97 per cent). As Mayor, Susan Fennell has proudly led the City of Brampton to be debt-free and has sustained a Triple AAA credit rating.

The poll also found that nearly 60 per cent of voters feel that Mayor Fennell has been effective in delivering community services for the city, such as the Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library, Cassie Campbell Community Centre, the Brampton Soccer Centre and the Flowercity Seniors Campus.

Ninety-three per cent of Brampton residents also believe that it is important for politicians to keep their promises. Mayor Fennell has kept her promises, which include: expanding Brampton’s popular bus rapid transit system Züm, instituting and safeguarding a $1 transit discount fare for seniors; and attracting job-creating investments including Air Canada’s Global Operations Centre and Canon Canada’s new Canadian corporate headquarters.

Respondents were less confident in Linda Jeffrey’s ability to keep promises. Nearly half of Bramptonians (46 per cent) either disagreed or were unsure of Ms. Jeffrey’s record of delivering on her promises when she was Brampton’s MPP. Additionally, nearly one quarter of the city’s residents did not even know whether or not Ms. Jeffrey was an effective leader while she served as MPP. Linda Jeffrey is just not worth the risk.

When asked to comment on the poll, Susan Fennell said, “I am proud of what Brampton has achieved over the past fourteen years. We have kept taxes low, strengthened community services, and made Brampton one of the best places to live and raise a family in Canada. I think Brampton residents are excited to continue building on the work we have accomplished, together.”

Brampton residents head to the polls on October 27, with advanced polls open Saturday, October 18. To learn more about Mayor Susan Fennell, please visit www.susanfennell.com.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2014

Mayor Fennell Exonerated in Audit Report:
Reimbursement Reduced by More than 90 Per Cent

Brampton, ON – Exonerated.

After months of smears and false claims, Mayor Susan Fennell has now been exonerated by a special arbitrator. This ruling puts an end to months of baseless smears, innuendo and outright lies from the Toronto Star and political opponents about Fennell’s expense claims.

Today, Janet Leiper, the expert arbitrator hired by the City of Brampton to address any disputes on the findings of the Deloitte forensic audit, released an extraordinary report on the issue of repayment. She found, clearly, that Deloitte misinterpreted city expense policies and wrongly accused the Mayor of breaking the rules. As such, Fennell’s reimbursements to the City have been reduced by more than 90 per cent, to just over $3,000.

Contrary to Deloitte's finding, Ms. Leiper reported that the purchase by Mayor Fennell and her staff of flight passes for use on City Travel – which accounted for 85 per cent of what the Mayor was charged for – was NOT a breach of any city spending policy and that the Mayor is not required to make any reimbursement to the city. Leiper wrote in the report: “I conclude that for the flight passes purchased by the Mayor...did not offend the wording of the purposes of the existing policy, and were a known and accepted practice by staff of the City and the Mayor. As a result, there is no payment required.”

The arbitrator also found that a Victoria, B.C. hotel room booked for the Mayor in 2009 for a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meeting she attended on behalf of Brampton and Peel Region was in line with city rules and requires no repayment. Leiper wrote in the report: “I conclude that the purchase of a premium single room on the Gold floor at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria was not a violation of the 2007 Travel Policy.”

The Mayor has agreed to reimburse the city $500 for expenses related to a hotel room booked for the Mayor in 2009 while she was attending a separate FCM meeting in Whistler, as well as $3,022.97 for a 2007 flight booked for travel to London, England on official City business. These reimbursements, however, amount to only 10 per cent of the $34,118 that Deloitte and her partisan opponents originally claimed were owing. “I’m delighted that an independent, arm’s length arbitrator has now cleared my name,” said Mayor Fennell. “And I’ve sent off a cheque for the final amount owing.”

Throughout the entire process, Mayor Fennell consistently maintained that Deloitte had misconstrued city policies and that its audit report contained several factual errors that needed to be corrected. Today, the Mayor is thrilled that the arbitrator’s findings finally prove that the relentless allegations made by partisan critics in recent months were, indeed, false.

“I supported the forensic audit because I knew I had nothing to hide. I wanted to deal with the cheap shots coming at me,” said Mayor Fennell. “I am happy that the people of Brampton finally know the truth and I look forward to putting the lies and smears behind us, once and for all.”

As Brampton prepares to head to the polls on October 27, Fennell remains confident that her proven track record, fiscal responsibility, and many accomplishments will see her to a fifth term as Mayor. “Over the past fourteen years, we have succeeded in keeping taxes low, strengthening community services, delivering first-rate transit, and making Brampton one of the best places to live in Canada. I think Brampton residents are excited to continue building on the work we have accomplished together.”

For more information: Nav Mangat Campaign Manager 905-216-8230 media@susanfennell.com