It seems that the Liberals and Conservatives invoke incredible generosity from a certain group of people.
According to media reports, between 1993 and 2011 over $2 million landed in the coffers of the two old parties – courtesy of a number of people who had troubles with the Quebec anti-corruption unit.
“An analysis by The Canadian Press involving all 102 individuals charged after sweeps by Quebec’s anti-corruption police squad shows that nearly half–45 of them–made registered legal contributions to federal parties from 1993 to 2011.”
– Canadian Press, September 5, 2013
Before getting into trouble with the law, several of the defendants had given generously to Liberals and Conservatives, including Lino Zambito, Paolo Catania and Riadh Ben Aissa.
And how did the Liberal Party of Canada respond to these troubling allegations about the $1.86M it received in donations by people charged by the anti-corruption unit?
"I can tell you that all donations to the Liberal Party of Canada were made in accordance to the law."
– Liberal Party spokesperson quoted by Canadian Press, September 6, 2013
This is a tired old line – and after all the Liberals went through with the Sponsorship scandal, one would think they might take a more open and transparent approach this time.
The CPC took a similar line, saying:
“We only accept individual donations within the legal limit.”
– Conservative Party spokesperson quoted by Canadian Press, September 6, 2013
Instead of coming clean about these donations and their relationship with people named in the corruption scandal, Conservatives and Liberals are just shrugging these questions off, as if millions in donations by individuals suspected of trying to corrupt elected officials was no big deal.
Canadians deserve better.