“I think there’s a lot more corruption than people know,” Starr told eye. “The media is limited by our ridiculous slander and libel laws.” Metro Councillor Norm Gardner, who was at her book launch at Centro Grill and Wine Bar, commented: “I guess she ought to know.”
– EYE Weekly, Queen’s Park insider, October 12th, 1995
Stevie Cameron, author of the bestseller On The Take, was at Centro to support her friend Patti.
“She’s a very smart woman and a very interesting person,” said Cameron. “One of the things that people don’t understand about her is she’s a very good writer. And she still has a fund of marvellous stories to tell.”
As for Starr’s downfall in politics, Cameron said:
They needed a scapegoat. They needed someone to satisfy the public’s anger with corruption. She was perfect. She was a woman, she had no real power. I think what happened to her was a disgrace. Not that she went to jail, but that she was the only one.
– Stevie Cameron, author of On The Take
Patricia Starr…gave a speech at the Park Plaza Hotel in Toronto about the role lobbyists play in government.
The speech had its moments, and one of them occurred when Starr touched on two areas in which she had become something of an expert: the provincial housing ministry and conflict of interest.
She said she was troubled that some ministry bureaucrats who were involved in the process of approving non-profit housing projects are not required to disclose potential conflicts of interest such as being married to people in the same business.
When it comes to disclosure of assets and relationships, Starr said: “The same rules applying to politicians should apply to bureaucrats.”
– Paul Palango, EYE Weekly reporter, June 4th, 1992