Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Corruption Conservatives disclosed

Delegate fees are donations. That's how it works now, and how it has worked for decades before. But Conservatives don't "see" it that way. If it's so hard to see ones own currupt behaviour, one wonders about their honesty all together.

OTTAWA -- After months of heated denials, the federal Conservative Party has quietly admitted it failed to publicly disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of donations.

And the muddle over the disclosure meant that at least three party members -- including Prime Minister Stephen Harper -- donated more than the legal limit last year.

Last Thursday, the party filed a revised financial report for 2005 with Elections Canada, acknowledging that it did not report delegate fees collected for its national convention that year as donations, contrary to political financing laws.

the CPC tried to make certain donations "legal" by changing the law:
The party's letter notes that Mr. Harper's minority government last month attempted to amend the Canada Elections Act to ensure that convention fees in future would not count as donations. But the proposed amendment was shot down by the three opposition parties.

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Update: see also PEJ The gang that (again) promises to shoot straight again.


Walks With Coffee said...

Hi Erik,

I broke this story to the front page a few months ago. We should get together for coffee sometime. I can be found at the serious coffee at fort and foul bay most days.

Erik Abbink said...

Thanks Walks with coffee, I'll get in touch with you soon.

I also found another interesting post from "accidental deliberations":

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