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    March  2015        

Matichuk : Yours to discover

Released on March 01, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT
Tag #: 666

Matichuk’s Global Office: Spending under scrutiny

Global Office Budget: Matichuk’s Adviser Saga
Advice received from the mayor’s campaign manager cost tax payers more than

Matichuk: “Yours to discover”
(Part 1 of 4)

The city of Greater Sudbury Municipal election is gearing up. Mayor Matichuk already declared that she will be running for public office and seeking a second term. Now this is the time to examine how Matichuk has governed the city so far. Read more  

Released on April 01, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT
Tag #: 667

Taxpayers dodged a serious stompin’ at Matichuk’s global office

Matichuk’s wine and dine on taxpayers’ expense…Glass of Orange juice cost $14.00

Matichuk: “Yours to discover” 
2 of 4)

The system at City Hall is broken.

Toronto Royal York Hotel, Epic Lounge invites guests to Fairmont Fridays, a weekly wine and cheese event featuring live Jazz entertainment. Each Friday evening, a winery is chosen to showcase their signature wines. Live Jazz entertains guests and cheese platters are available to pair with the featured wines. Read more

Released on May 01, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT
Tag #: 668

Matichuk’s Global Office spending under scrutiny

Speech writing expense controversy…Tax payers dodged thousands of dollars

Matichuk: “Yours to discover” 
(Part 3 of 4)

According to leaked invoices, upon the 
conclusion of her election campaign, 
Greater Sudbury`s mayor Matichuk did not forget to treat her closest allies at the expense of taxpayers. WikiLeaks Sudbury also uncovered that Matichuk`s campaign manager Paul Demers was 
paid $29,380.00 for his services
 Read more


Released on March 14, 2015 at 15:30 EDT
Tag # : 678

Lead balloon: Be afraid... Be very afraid

Lady in Red

Matichuk : "Yours to discover"
(Part 4 of 4)

Emptying of glass vase cost taxpayers a total of $74.06

WikiLeaks Sudbury uncovered work orders submitted by the former Mayor’s office. According to uncovered interoffice correspondence (see leaked document 01), Richard Dixon, Co-ordinator of Facilities Maintenance, requested payment from the Mayor’s office for work that had been been performed by his department. 

On December 24, 2010, a very strange Maintenance Request and Work Order No. 0981 (see leaked document 02) was issued by the Mayor’s office. This work order was issued as “empty glass vase” and Matichuk had also requested to “compost” them.  Bon and Rick completed the task and sent charges to the mayor’s global office account - 61103-01-2405. Bon and Rick took two hours to finish the job at an hourly rate of $ 13.60 and $23.43 respectively. The emptying of glass vases cost taxpayers a total of $74.06. The payment invoice was submitted on January 26, 2011 and was paid on March 09, 2011. This is also an ideal example that the former Mayor’s global office budget piggybacks between inter-departmental cost exchanges. There were allegations that the Matichuk’s travel expenses divert to Ian Wood’s Economic development budget.

The former Mayor’s so called cost managing line-by-line principle was not followed. The emptying of glass vases is a very simple task to perform, however, in order to perform this apparently extraordinary task, the mayor’s office spent $74.06 from tax dollars. Matichuk was not able to respect the value of tax dollars.

Mystery invoices uncovered : Tax dollars for personal use....?

WikiLeaks Sudbury also uncovered two invoices connected with misusing public funds. The items were ordered by Nikki Durys from Tom Davies Square and were paid in full. On July 05, 2011, a RIM VM 605 Portable Bluetooth was purchased from Neil Communications, Sudbury. The invoice was numbered as 163955, the Customer number is identified as CTT130, and $112.94 was paid (see leaked document 3). On November 04, 2011 a RIM 9800 Torch Holster was also purchased, again from Neil Communications, and the Invoice was numbered as 165623. The customer is identified as BAR066 and a total of $33.84 was paid (see leaked document 4).

The leaders in the political office are spending tax dollars without any sort of accountability. The value of tax dollars was not respected at all. For example, all others pay their own cell phone bills, but politicians and bureaucrats enjoy unlimited calling minutes and cell phone accessories that are paid by taxpayers. The purchase of a Blackberry holster and Bluetooth raise questions about system of entitlement.  Sudbury Politicians and bureaucrats are stuck in an outmoded and discredited system of entitlements, while other people in the Sudbury community struggle to make ends meet.

In order to regain public trust, political and institutional reform is needed; it is expected by the citizens of the Sudbury. Firstly, we need to ask ourselves what kind of institutions a modern state requires and what financial necessities are needed to ensure those institutions act in the interest of the citizens.  Furthermore we must question: what is is about our political institutions that are broken?   How do we go about redesigning them in a way that captures what is best about us as a people? 

Fomer mayor Matichuk herself was a part of the bigger problem in the City Hall and taxpayers have been terribly and systematically misled. Sudbury Citizens were held hostage in the power struggle between Matichuk and bureaucracy. Matichuk’s election promises have fallen to pieces with zero success.

Related Documents

Interoffice correspondence with Matichuk global office
Maintenance Request and work order from Matichuk global office
RIM VM 605 Portable Bluetooth Invoice
RIM 9800 Torch Holster Invoice

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Released on March 14, 2015 at 15:30  EDT

This research work initially published on The Journal of Politics, 73 (2), 443-462. Brief overview and excerpts from the article as follows.

Gaining and Losing Interest in Running for Public Office: The Concept of Dynamic Political Ambition

Considering a candidacy for public office involves pondering the courageous step of going before an electorate and facing potential examination, scrutiny, and rejection. Anyone who contemplates running for office, therefore, must answer a series of questions. Is the time right to inject my family into the political arena? Where am I in terms of my professional goals? Do I know enough about the issues and the political system to run for office? Am I in sync with my potential constituents on the issues that matter most? Have electoral gatekeepers indicated support for my foray into politics? Do I really want to take part in a political process that is so often associated with self-interest, corruption, and cynicism? In short, a variety of personal, professional, and political circumstances—circumstances that often change over time undoubtedly affect the extent to which someone considers entering the electoral arena.

Despite the intuitive appeal of thinking about political ambition as a trait that fluctuates, more than 60 years of research pertaining to the candidate emergence process treats political ambition as relatively static. Most political scientists work from a rational choice paradigm that conceptualizes political ambition as primarily a strategic response to a political opportunity. Fluctuations in political ambition tend to be divorced from changes in circumstances at the individual level; rather, changes in the political opportunity structure account for shifts in candidate emergence. Even those scholars who focus on the manner in which individual characteristics do affect the decision to run for office tend to concentrate on fairly static demographic factors and personal traits. Moreover, they rely on cross-sectional data at one snapshot in time. Existing research on candidate emergence, therefore, does not focus on, operationalize, or provide a systematic understanding of, the process by which an individual gains or loses political ambition over the course of a lifetime. Yet studying changes in individuals’ political ambition is of central importance for several reasons. Foremost, examining individual-level change in political ambition is important because it offers an opportunity to assess the extent to which the political climate affects civic engagement at the most profound levels. It is well-established in the literature on political participation and attitude formation that presidential scandals, tumultuous social, economic, and political times, and reactions to political leaders directly influence citizens’ trust in and cynicism toward government. In turn, levels of political trust and efficacy affect individuals’ willingness to engage in political and community activities. Even though running for office is, in many ways, the ultimate act of political participation, the concepts of political trust, cynicism, and efficacy are absent from the scholarship that addresses candidate emergence. Identifying and analyzing individual-level shifts in political ambition, therefore, allow for a critical exploration of whether political trends, events, and conditions affect potential candidates’ attitudes and either inspire them to run for office or lead them to recoil at the notion. Studying the degree to which political ambition ebbs and flows at the individual-level also provides insight into policymaking and representation at all levels of government. In most cases, the initial decision to run for office occurs at the local level; politicians often then opt to run for higher office.

The study of political ambition, which has been a mainstay in political science research for decades, tends to coalesce around the central premise that political ambition, itself, is a fixed attribute or ‘‘inherent characteristic’’. From the time when researchers released Ambition and Politics, scholars have

employed a rational choice paradigm to understand the decision to run for office. Research in this vein argues that potential candidates are more likely to seek office when they face favorable political and structural circumstances. The number of open seats, term limits, levels of legislative professionalization, partisan composition of the constituency, and party congruence with constituents are among the factors individuals consider when seeking any elective position or deciding whether to run for higher office. In other words, open seats and a balancing of the political risks and rewards associated with pursuing a particular office comprise an individual’s decision-making calculus. The political opportunity structure framework for understanding political ambition provides substantial leverage in predicting whether an individual will choose to enter a specific political contest, seek higher offer, or retire from politics altogether. But scholars have begun to demonstrate that a more complete understanding of candidate emergence demands expanding this paradigm in fundamental ways.

First, many political scientists—even some who work within the rational choice tradition—posit that the decision to run for office relies on a comprehensive set of considerations beyond a strict political opportunity structure. Researchers  path-breaking work on progressive ambition, for example, was among the first to acknowledge that elected officials assess the risks and value the rewards involved in seeking higher office differently, even when they face the same political context. More recently,  

few reseachers provide convincing empirical evidence that when state legislators consider running for the U.S. House of Representatives, they employ a calculus that includes not only evaluating the political opportunity structure, but also a series of personal and institutional factors.

Second, the political opportunity structure approach to studying ambition tends to overlook the early stages of the candidate emergence process. Building on  one of the researcher notion of a ‘‘political type,’’ we argue in earlier work that, in order to understand fully the decision dynamics involved in moving from ‘‘potential candidate’’ to ‘‘actual office holder,’’ it is necessary to assess nascent ambition—or general interest in considering a candidacy. This distinct phase of the development of political ambition occurs before the actual decision to enter a specific race ever transpires. After all, if the idea of running for office never really occurs to an individual, then he/she will never be in a position to assess a specific political opportunity structure or identify the level of office in which he/she is most interested. Notably, we find that nascent ambition is influenced by factors such as a politicized upbringing, race, and sex, each of which falls outside of the political opportunity structure on which most political ambition theory relies.

In continuing to develop and strengthen our understanding of candidate emergence, we argue that it is vital also to consider and incorporate explicitly the concept of dynamic ambition—the process by which an individual gains or loses political ambition over time. Certainly, aspects of the political opportunity structure can change, so implicitly, the rational choice paradigm allows for the possibility that someone might choose not to run for office at a particular time, but then opt to enter the electoral arena at another. Here, though, the individual’s ambition does not change; rather, the political opportunity structure changes. Yet, regardless of the political opportunity structure a potential candidate might face, not everyone who considers running for office maintains that level of political ambition over a lifetime. Alternatively, individuals lacking the sociodemographic profile of a typical candidate can often be motivated to consider running for office by a change in circumstances. The existing empirical work that examines individuals’ traits and characteristics as predictors of political ambition, however, does not track systematic change in interest in pursuing a candidacy. The early literature, for example, focuses on individuals who already hold elected office, so these analyses are confined to politicians at a time in their lives following the formation and crystallization of political ambition. Women and men who may have held some level of interest in running for office, but who then lost it or never exercised it, fall out of the analyses. Later studies—even those that focus on potential candidates—rely universally on data that gauge political ambition only at a single point in time.

As on of the researchers suggests, however, personal and political attitudes and events can constrain or promote political ambition through the life cycle. Thus, accounting for individual-level gains and losses in interest in running for office is a necessary condition for determining the circumstances under which potential candidates will ultimately emerge, but one that is absent from the political ambition scholarship. Drawing on theory and empirical evidence from the literatures on political ambition and political participation at the mass level, we derive five expectations about the dynamic nature of the candidate emergence process. Our central and most important expectation—which deals with potential candidates’ external and internal political efficacy—represents an improvement over the traditional, rationalist models of ambition and provides an opportunity to test the manner in which changes in attitudinal indicators associated with mass-level participation influence the evolution of political ambition. Our remaining four expectations involve more well-established predictors of candidate emergence. But even here, we build substantially on the scholarship by testing hypotheses about the relationship between changes in these indicators and changes in interest in running for office. The evolution of political ambition at the individual level is an intricate phenomenon and many of the expectations we identify are linked to one another. We do anticipate, though, that changes in each will exert an independent effect on a citizen’s likelihood of gaining or losing interest in entering the electoral arena.

Related Document
Gaining and Losing Interest in Running for Public Office: The Concept of Dynamic Political Ambition
Fox, R.L., Lawless, J.L. (2011).Gaining and Losing Interest in Running for Public Office: The Concept of Dynamic Political Ambition. The Journal of Politics, 73 (2), 443-462.


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