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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

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, but much less compromised than now. Quebec has done it.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, the limits should all be looked at.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, and also the limits for parties.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes. You don't have to limit it if a political finance system is democratic. The donation limit should be $100, or $200 at most. That's the amount that an average voter can afford. As in Quebec, the per-vote funding should be returned, because it was the most democratic part of t

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  That was for financing. Do that with a $100 donation limit. You don't have to worry about the parties being able to spend more, because they won't have the money.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  A voter might see it who is not intended to see it in terms of the micro-targeting, not be happy with it, and report it to Elections Canada.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  There are lots of things in the election law already. You have to identify yourself on the ad.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Their role is to say, “Let's not make this money; let's rat out this person.”

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It's only if it's foreign that they can't knowingly take it. If it's domestic, they don't even have to report it. It's trusting them entirely and their incentive is to make the money, not to report the ad that will be stopped so that they don't get the money.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes. Our recommendation is that this would occur during the six months leading up to the election. That's to enforce the laws that are there against false statements, spending above the limit, the foreign spending that's in this bill, and spending as an unregistered party or putt

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Voter participation, you're saying?

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher