**CONTENT WARNING** this episode will cover an ongoing criminal case involving alleged sexual crimes against children. We provide this notice so that listeners are aware of the subject matter.
There are counties all over Canada within commuting distance to a city. Many have a history of political dominance by a clique, either family or business based. Influence spreads from City Hall to local media, local police, local events and up the political power structure as the voice of the community. Like Hazzard County where Boss Hogg has his fingers in everything that happens. As long as things seem to carry on, the illusion can continue as the clique reap the benefits. The federal riding of Simcoe-Grey is one such Hazzard County. What happens when a Mayor leaves office under a cloud, teams with a spurned clique, the contacts from their time as Boss Hogg, and takes over the local political body of a Federal party with the blessing of HQ? They install people in positions for loyalty not talent. Control matters, not ethics.
But one of the minions goes off the rails. After a joint agency investigation, there is an arrest and charges laid regarding sexual child exploitation. The initial work of the police and the press is unhindered. They do their jobs as expected by citizens. But the more questions asked, the less answers given. The more assistance offered police, the less it is accepted. The more media is solicited, the less open they become. The further up the ladder of power it goes, the more resistance to the process increases. Never mind the lives destroyed,
Amy MacPherson joins us to explain this Simcoe-Grey disaster, the secrecy and the priorities of power. Above all else.