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Procedure and House Affairs committee  I don't have any specific examples. I think every country's experience with this is going to be different. What I would suggest, based on my reading of the draft legislation, is that a simple solution is to expand the prohibition on foreign financing of elections to all time per

June 4th, 2018Committee meeting

Ryan O'Connor

Procedure and House Affairs committee  We're concerned that the collusion provisions of the Election Finances Act in Ontario are not being upheld by Elections Ontario. I've personally identified several instances of collusion between unregistered third parties and political parties or simply with unregistered third pa

June 4th, 2018Committee meeting

Ryan O'Connor

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The concern is that it needs to be enforceable. It's one thing to have an anti-collusion provision between a party and a third party or two third parties, etc., but it needs to be enforceable. We're seeing in Ontario right now unregistered third parties that are just not regist

June 4th, 2018Committee meeting

Ryan O'Connor

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you for ceding the floor, Mr. Lavergne. I appreciate it. Just very briefly on that issue, I think there would be constitutional problems with preventing, for example, a trade union, which engages in political advocacy—frankly, all the time—on behalf of its members, from co

June 4th, 2018Committee meeting

Ryan O'Connor

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the committee members for inviting me here today. My name is Ryan O'Connor. I'm the lawyer for and director of Ontario Proud, which is a registered third party political advertiser in the province of Ontario for the current provincial elect

June 4th, 2018Committee meeting

Ryan O'Connor