Ainsworth calls for OPP investigation (UPDATE: OPP confirms investigation)

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Orillia mayoral candidate says after ‘careful consideration’ he asked the Orillia OPP to investigate after raising allegations of corruption and intimidation during the campaign trail

UPDATE: 6 p.m.

Orillia OPP Acting Sgt. Brett Boniface confirmed that the detachment has “received a complaint from a candidate regarding the ongoing municipal election” in Orillia.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, the Orillia Provincial Police will not comment on this until the investigation is complete,” Boniface said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Orillia mayoral candidate Mason Ainsworth is asking the Orillia Provincial Police to investigate matters related to the ongoing municipal election campaign.

Last night he went public with allegations of corruption and intimidation on his social media referring to what he said were ‘sewer level’ political tactics against him and his supporters. Click here to read our previous story on this.

“Since announcing my candidacy for mayor, people have tried to bribe me to quit the mayoral race in exchange for a fully funded councilwoman campaign and alternatively they have threatened to ‘sue’ me if I’m not backing down,” Ainsworth said in his post.

This morning Ainsworth decided to file a complaint with the police.

“It took a lot of thought to go in this direction. I felt obliged to go to the police especially after certain comments on (the) OrilliaMatters post on Facebook,” he said. OrilliaMatters Thursday afternoon.

“It will now be up to the police to take all investigative steps,” he said.

When asked for details of when he decided to go to the police and exactly what he was looking for, he replied: ‘I went today and gave them the information and I hesitate to comment on the details as it is in their hands to investigate.”

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