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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

Procedure and House Affairs committee  If you applied the Access to Information Act to your offices, then I could request your communication logs and see whether you were calling back your big donors and fundraisers more often and more quickly than you are the people who didn't donate and didn't vote for you. The Acce

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  You're saying the grants and contributions to third party groups?

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I think it's better to put it under a centralized commission with all sorts of fairness rules on who gets to participate, based on things like percentage of votes received in the last election, whether you have an MP in the House. Take away all that discretion. Having third part

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes. It's based on the principle of one person, one vote. Why should anyone be allowed to use money, just because they have it, as a means to have greater influence? If you look at the stats, all the parties rely for a significant percentage of their funding annually and during a

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  That's where the per-vote funding should be restored, and it should only be a base. It should not be as high as it was, because some parties were receiving 60%, 70%, 80% of their funds through the per-vote funding. There should still be an incentive for parties to reach out to vo

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Sure. You could go lower.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher