Elections Canada says election law does not apply to Liberals

- July 30th, 2013

Is Marc Mayrand a Liberal hack or is he too stupid to read?

I’m not sure whether Marc Mayrand can’t read or is simply so much of a Liberal hack that he refuses to prosecute Liberals on principle but either way he must go.

Mayrand, who is Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer, was responding to the conclusion of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, strikingly similar to his own, that there is no way to prosecute Liberals who have broken the law.

“The recent conclusion reached by the Commissioner of Canada Elections points to a significant gap in the legislation that allows candidates and leadership contestants to fund their campaigns through loans which they do not repay, thereby defeating the strict limit on contributions set out by the Canada Elections Act. Legislation is urgently needed to provide effective remedies to guard against this practice and to maintain the integrity of our political financing regime.”

For those who forgot that the Liberals held a leadership convention 7 years ago and that some people still have debts related to that, get the background here. After all this time Ken Dryden still owes $225,000 (to himself), Joe Volpe owes $98,700, Hedy Fry $69,000 and Stephane Dion $7,500.

This debt cames in the form of loans which, 18 months after the leadership campaign is over, are supposed to be considered donations if not paid back. Given that no one can donate more than a little over $1,000 per year to a political campaign, these leadership contestants, and those that loaned them the money, are in violation of the law.

Yet despite five years to deal with this, Mayrand says he can’t prosecute because the law is unworkable. Mayrand admits these four are in violation of the law, ”However, the Act, as currently drafted, does not provide a means by which these contestants can be sanctioned or compelled to repay their outstanding debts.”

Let me help him then by actually reading the law. Section 497 (1) (i.4) makes it an offence to circumvent the contributions limit. These four have definitely done that. What is the punishment? See section 500 of the Canada Elections Act.

Punishment

Marginal note:Punishment — strict liability offences
  • 500. (1) Every person who is guilty of an offence under any of subsections 484(1), 486(1), 489(1), 491(1), 492(1), 495(1), 496(1), 497(1) and 499(1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than three months, or to both.

Would following through on this punishment force the delinquents to pay back the money? No. Would it be a proper and symbolic reaction to four candidates breaking the law? Yes.

In fact this would be similar to deal to levy fines against the Conservatives for overspending in 2006, a case Elections Canada prosecuted with vigour.

Speaking of Dean Del Mastro…..

Yes, if you have C next to your name, Elections Canada will spare no expense to find any perceived or real violation of the law. If you are a Liberal, you get a press release saying that nothing can be done.

 

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6 comments

  1. Jen says:

    Why didn’t the SNN hop on the liberals for the money?
    We asked and asked and asked the media on this very issue but were treated like asses.
    From now on, every one of you in the media are to leave the conservatives alone…..no more of your hype over Duffy, Wallin, Ford, or anyone remotely close to them.

    Judge Gomery has ordered the liberals to return the $40Million which today’s date, has yet to be returned. Why can’t you people repeat this on tv on a regular basis under the liberals return the money.

  2. Robert Bailey says:

    is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than three months, or to both.

    Are you kidding? It should read a fine of not more than $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years, or to both. AND BE ENFORCED!

  3. Rick says:

    It’s mind boggling how the libranos get away with this stuff. Duffy screws us for $90K and gets tarred & feathered (almost), then a Conservative tries to give it back to the taxpayers and he gets roasted. Harb buys an uninhabitable shack to flip, screws us for 2.5 X what Duffy did and we hardly hear anything about him. This Marc Mayrand clown doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  4. Jen says:

    Rick, do not expect any media to howl they are AFRAID of the liberals or are in some cahoots with them. Even SNN news reporting in morning refuses to highlight this story but seem very quick like other cbc ctv etc to dramatize the story on Duffy and Rob Ford at every minute, every hour every day.

    How many times have you heard about NDP PAUL DEWAR being charged by the police on ROBOCALLING. I have not heard either, why, he is not a conservative that is why.

    Can you believe that Judge Gomery own order to the liberals to return the $40Million has yet to be addressed by the media. In fact, I have noticed that all medias will talk about anything but the liberals or NDP for that matter.

  5. Brain Vielurerer says:

    Mr Lilley.

    You forgot to mention (or at least I hope you forgot), that Del Mastro violated the law in a general election. The Liberals violated the law in a leadership convention.

    Why would you forget to mention this point? Is is because Dryden et. al have “L”s beside their name?

    Probably.

  6. Brian Casselman says:

    It is very obvious, that this reporter and paper, are 150% backers of
    the Conservatives, and are no better than the Liberals. Does the
    incumbent Government not have the power to replace or update the mandate of this Board.

    Do you know the difference between an honest politician and a crooked
    politician???……………..One hasn,t been caught yet.

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