Potential Liberal candidate calls for debt-free race

- September 25th, 2012

The Liberal leadership race has yet to heat up. (Word is, it’s expected to do so by mid-to-late October.) But one potential leadership candidate David Bertschi, who I’ve written about before, is still weighing whether or not to toss his hat into the ring.

But on Monday in a news release, he called on the Liberals to change the rules of the race set out in September. Bertschi wanted the Liberals to boost the entry fee for candidates from $75,000 to $100,000, with the extra cash going directly to Liberal riding associations to help rebuild the third-place party.

He also wanted the spending limit dropped by $200,000 and capped at $750,000, with the party focusing on rebuilding “instead of throwing money at each other.”

Bertschi also took a dig at some failed candidates still carrying debt from the 2006 Liberal leadership race, saying he wouldn’t go into the red if he decided officially to launch a bid and urging other potential candidates to make the same commitment.

That may be a bitter pill for Martha Hall Findlay, who is still chipping away at her debt from that earlier race and considering another run this time around.

The liberals will crown a new leader in Ottawa in April.


Categories: Election, General, Liberals, Politics

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1 comment

  1. steve says:

    Yup, only the rich need apply. Thanks for clarifying David and ensuring my vote won’t go your way.

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