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Procedure and House Affairs committee  They would if they ever contacted me, but they don't.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I'm acknowledging that these gifts.... Yes, sure. I acknowledged this last time when I was here on Bill C-50. That's why they should be restricted. When you talk about restricting third party citizen groups with respect to how high a donation they could have as the Public Policy

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It was 0.5% in the last election in Ontario. None of the election agencies inform people that they have this right. We're about to take Elections Ontario to court for failing to do so.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It's not on the ballot. You decline or refuse your ballot. You're handed your ballot, and then you hand it back. More people would likely do it if the election agencies actually advertised that you have the right to do this. Elections Ontario is once again, for the third election

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  If we get to that point of getting “none of the above” on the ballot first, then we can deal with that issue. I think—

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, well, I'm just saying, show me a process that's even moving close to that and we can talk more about what to do, but it's only happened once, and that was in the Nevada election for governor. Their rule is that the election still stands. Obviously it's a hit to the legitimac

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I think it should be applied to media and social media. You could run a radio ad in a small market and not identify yourself as a third party or be registered, and Elections Canada might not find out about it. You could do that in a community newspaper possibly and Elections Cana

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  In the upcoming election?

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  We're a third party, yes. We don't usually run ads, though. We release a report card on the parties' platforms through various news releases, and just rely on media coverage.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  A few people donate more than that. One person has made a large donation in the past few years of $25,000. That's it. Most of them are small donors. We wouldn't even have to disclose them under the third party rules. You could go lower than $200 for the reporting. I don't think y

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It's been proven to work, and it makes it much fairer than it is now. All the parties rely on wealthy donors. Those people I'm sure have more influence. The current donation limit facilitates funnelling, which SNC-Lavalin did. It also facilitates bundling, lobbyists holding big f

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you. I'll just make one small response to that. Clinical tests around the world have shown that very small gifts change how people make decisions. For doctors and—

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher