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Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes. Just to give Quebec a bit more credit, it was $12.8 million in funnelling, not $128 million.

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It's $12.8 million over a five-year period, so it's a significant sum. It was what they thought was likely funnelled, because they identified executives giving the maximum, near the same time, from several businesses. The report is on their website. You can see the details. Ele

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Elections Canada said they were going to do it in 2013. Here we are, four years later. We saw the compliance agreement with SNC-Lavalin over what they found with them from 2004 to 2011. It's hard for me to believe that only one company has done this in the period since corporate

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Very much so. In that way and in many other ways, this bill does not stop cash for access. Staff of cabinet ministers are not even covered. They're often important people for somebody to be able to see at an event, connect with and have a chance to corner and lobby a bit. It's

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, the only way that Democracy Watch thinks that loans should be allowed is if you set up a public fund and the loans come from a public fund. The current taxpayer subsidy on donations is essentially a public fund, so replace it with something that replaces loans that are given

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, but very publicly, and it would be disclosed. All donations should be disclosed before people vote. That's another big flaw in our system. I didn't go into all the details of every single one of the 11 changes that we're calling for, but all donations should be disclosed bef

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thankfully we have a perfect working model at the federal level with leadership candidates. Coming up to an election is the real problem area, because although quarterly donations are disclosed by the parties, an election can take place in between that, and people don't see the d

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, there is another way to deal with it, and I'll mention it in a second, but Quebec essentially decided that even with the $100 donation limit, one person from a big business with thousands of employees could walk into the party offices and say these thousand cheques are from

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, I agree with a threshold for the funding, and if the system was changed to a proportional representation voting system, having the threshold would also be appropriate. I think that you should have a certain percentage of support in order to be able to tap into that funding.

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  In Quebec, they have matching funding for independent candidates. At the candidate level, there isn't a threshold in Quebec. If you run as an independent, you'll get the matching funding for what you raise for your campaign. That also levels the playing field much more for indepe

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, Quebec eliminated that because of the $100 donation limit. Currently the tax deductions favour those who can give more as well, and there's a huge taxpayer subsidy that exists. The per-vote funding subsidy from taxpayers meant that you had to vote for a party before you get

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  You could go to a system that is entirely public financing, but I believe that parties should be encouraged to reach out to voters and hear their concerns in order to prosper financially. That's why I believe the public financing in Quebec is too high. It provides the parties wit

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I favour Democracy Watch's position and the coalition's position, which is that the matching funding that Quebec has is a better way to go. The matching funding should be higher in Quebec and the per-vote funding lower. Per-vote funding is fine as long as it's just a base amount

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you very much, Chair. To members of the committee, thank you for this opportunity to present to you today on Bill C-50. As mentioned, I am co-founder and coordinator of Democracy Watch and chair of the Money in Politics Coalition, which is made up of 50 organizations with

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher