by Ezra Levant
The largest case of illegal elections financing in Canadian history was revealed this week — $344,000 illegally funnelled to the NDP by big Canadian labour unions.
In Canada it is against the law for corporations or unions to give any money to political parties. Only individuals are allowed to, and that amount is capped at about $1,100 a person.
But the NDP set up a scheme to dodge the law. They sold extremely expensive “sponsorships” at their big convention to labour unions, $344,000 worth.
The law-breaking unions included the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
Here’s the thing, it’s all illegal. You can be fined $5,000 or even sentenced to five years in jail. But that didn’t happen. Elections Canada didn’t prosecute under the law. It didn’t take the NDP or the unions to court. It didn’t demand penalties or convictions. It just let the NDP and the unions go — a freebie.
And the media? Crickets. Where are the calls for prosecution — not just of the NDP, but of the unions? Where are the screaming headlines, the in-depth mini-documentaries, the front-page stories? The biggest case of election financing fraud in Canadian history — and not a single front page?
Is that because one of the unions that shovelled illegal dollars to the NDP was the journalists’ union — the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, that represents hundreds of left-wing reporters? Is the reason Elections Canada didn’t prosecute because their workers are members of PSAC, so they’d be prosecuting and fining themselves?
Do you think Elections Canada would have given the Conservative party a free pass if they had been caught taking $340,000 in illegal contributions from corporations?
You don’t have to answer that question. Because we know that Elections Canada spent $2.3 million and many years prosecuting the Conservative party for the so-called in-and-out scandal, involving $230,000.
That was not about illegal contributions, but rather whether the national Conservative party could spend money in local ridings. The laws were unclear; other parties did the same; Elections Canada changed the rules halfway. But Elections Canada spent $2.3 million pursuing the Conservatives.
Oh, and the media? According to the media database Infomart, 321 news stories were published across the country by the Media Party about this in-and-out accounting issue.
But this is a pattern. Last Friday there was a conviction and a hefty fine, handed down by the CRTC, for a politician caught making a misleading, anonymous robocall in the last federal election, in the riding of Guelph. A $5,000 fine. But it was a Liberal, not a Tory. So it was buried.
There have been 39 front pages across Canada, written by Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor, with their unfounded allegations about Tory robocallers. No conviction, no trial, no charges, nothing but their own left-wing innuendo. Zero front pages when a Liberal MP was actually caught, confessed and convicted. Zero.
Maybe you can’t trust any politician — including a Conservative. But the only newspaper you can trust to give you the whole story on elections fraud is Sun Media.