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posted 19 January 2007 02:26 PM      Profile for E.Kootenayt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It has bothered me immensly that the Conservative Party has been allowed to show it's disdain for the Elections Canada contribution laws and NOT ONE NDP has jumped on that like the sponsorship scandal and volpe.Because of the inherent dislike of this present ruling government to CANADIAN ELECTIONS LAWS it caused the Chief Elections Officer to quit,allowing harper to put in someone HE WANTS.I made a petition to Elections Canada asking for a full forensic audit into Conservative Parties finances. We have a new Chief Elections Officer I have yet to find out anything about him.Anyone here know???
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Paul Gross
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posted 19 January 2007 02:51 PM      Profile for Paul Gross   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If you are talking about the Cons not counting the convention contributions as donations, then of course the NDP criticized them for it. The cons eventually relented and re-did their books to comply with Elections Canada. It was pathetic that the Cons did not understand/follow the law, but the net effect was only to convert hundreds of thousands of $ of convention fees into receipted donations eligible for tax credits. In other words, a transfer of many thousands of dollars from the taxpayers to Conservative party members.

If you are referring to Khan, then of course the NDP is talking about it plenty, including criticizing the conservatives and liberals for blocking NDP attempts to close this loophole last year before the sKhandal broke.

It's not clear how much, if any, of the loans may have been repaid. But NDP MP Pat Martin said it's unlikely the outstanding amount will ever be paid to Khan's dealership or to Khan himself, who guaranteed the loans.

Hence, Khan or the dealership will end up having effectively donated well in excess of the personal donation limit of $5,100 or the $1,000 limit on corporate donations that applied at the time.

"He's a shrewd businessman who exploited a loophole most capably," Martin said.

But Khan is far from alone on that score.

Politicians in all parties take out loans, said Martin, pointing to the hundreds of thousands loaned to Liberal leadership candidates last year, including more than half a million loaned to the eventual winner, Stephane Dion.

The irregularities (and de-registration of the Liberal riding association) occurred while Khan was a Liberal MP and candidate in 2 elections. Of course some Liberals knew about the shenanigans, but they kept quiet. The story was revealed right after Khan defected.


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