December 12th, 2016

NDP seeks to ban cash-for-access fundraisers

Proposed legislation would put Liberal ethics “rules” into law

“After promising Canadians that they would do better than the Conservatives, the Liberals are now saying that their controversial fundraising tactics are acceptable because the Conservatives did it too. However, their own rules ban this type of exclusive cash-for-access fundraising but they seem to have conveniently forgot about those rules.“ —Alexandre Boulerice, NDP Ethics Critic

The NDP’s bill would add the principles set out by the Prime Minister himself in his plan for an Open and Accountable Government to the Conflict of interest Act, giving the Ethics Commissioner the powers that she has stated that she needs to investigate these cash-for-access fundraisers.

“The Prime Minister is violating his own rules. My bill will do what he should have done in the first place: put these rules into law and give the ethics watchdog the powers she needs to investigate. These Liberal government cash-for-access events must be banned.”
—Alexandre Boulerice