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Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, but I wouldn't say that it will definitely increase participation. I wouldn't even make a prediction about what's going to happen on Thursday in Ontario, let alone what's going to happen a year and a half from now at the federal level, but it lowers barriers, for sure.

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  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  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