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Procedure and House Affairs committee  Okay, but they are making a donation—

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  That's true, but to get the maximum deduction, you have to donate the maximum amount. You are benefiting from being able to make that maximum donation. You can't get it unless you make that donation.

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  That was in 2013, after Elections Quebec disclosed its audit, which showed that $12.8 million was likely funnelled between 2006 and 2011. They also had, of course, a huge corruption scandal, much of it rooted in the political donation system at the time.

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It can't legally be funnelled anymore. They've made.... The federal system legalizes funnelling and makes it very simple to do, because it's so wide open. Elections Quebec and the police in Quebec have not charged many of the people who gave that $12.8 million. They can't. They g

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  It's a tiny baby step, yes.

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  If the amount that they can give is more than an average voter can afford, it's an undemocratic and unethical system right away. It violates the fundamental principle of one person, one vote. It's like saying if a person doesn't have as much time to volunteer for a party, they sh

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, and the position of Democracy Watch and the coalitions is that volunteer labour should be tracked and disclosed. That's important, because another way that funnelling occurs is by giving people time off from their work, pretending they're not paid for the time off, and then

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Just to respond to that, essentially what you just said was that governments or others would discriminate in hiring, I suppose, and other issues based on which political party you volunteered with. You are saying that the Public Service Commission of Canada, and across the countr

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The CBC article from 2013 in which the Elections Canada spokesperson is saying they were doing this is linked in the news release that I've submitted to the committee today.

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  They should go back to 2007. Even better would be 2004, when corporate and union donations were limited to $1,000 annually. That was effectively a ban. The audit should look at that whole period. Elections Quebec waited from the late 1970s until 2011 to finally do an audit, and w

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Under the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct—it used to be rule 8 and now it's rules 6 to 10—someone who should be registered but is illegally avoiding registration is not allowed to organize a fundraising event. This would hold even in cases of an unregistered lobbyist being on the boar

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Ontario has gone too far, although not with their donation limit. If you have a $100 donation limit, then any event that you hold is a democratic event because an average voter can afford to go, so there would be no problem with MPs or cabinet ministers having events. To make any

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  No, it's just a bit more transparency. That's all. There aren't really any effective limits on cash for access or big money. The government is apparently looking at political finance and it seems a bit more focused on third parties more generally, but I'm appealing to the Liberal

October 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher