Monday, June 26, 2006

Liberal Party Falling further and further

The Liberal Leadership candidates are having problems selling memberships to their corrupt morribound party to ordinairy Canadians, who no longer trust the liberals at all and don't want to live in a kelptocracy.

"People are hesitant [to buy memberships] because of what happened in the last leadership, so many people remain undecided. So it's a bit harder to sell memberships and I am saying this because I am hearing this from all of the campaigns." - Toronto lawyer Martha Hall Findlay, one of the 11 candidates seeking the Liberal leadership. Link


The liberals are having such difficulty signing up members, maybe they won't even get a full cohort out to the convention in Montreal. They are already making excuses, blaming the Federal Accountability Act for their failures!

I know the 2003 campaign finance law exempted our leadership race from the law, since the race was already underway when the law came into force, but we have to get serious about corruption, so thats why we had to act to bring down the pork barrel promise selling liberal leadership race. Now the unelected Senators are thinking of modifying the act, to either add a new transitional implementation clause, or delay the entire bill until December.

Here are the current transition clauses:

Transitional Provisions (page 83 Bill C-2)
"
60. Sections 403.35 and 403.36 of the
Canada Elections Act, as they read immediately
before the coming into force of this
section, apply with respect to the documents
that a registered association must provide in
relation to the fiscal period ending after the
coming into force of this section.

61. If a candidate was, before the coming
into force of this section, deemed under
section 365 of the Canada Elections Act to
have been a candidate, then section 451 of
that Act, as it read immediately before the
coming into force of this section, applies with
respect to the documents that the official
agent of the candidate must provide in
relation to the election next following the
coming into force of this section.

62. If a nomination contestant was, before
the coming into force of this section, deemed
under section 478.03 of the Canada Elections
Act to have been a nomination contestant,
then section 478.23 of that Act, as it read
immediately before the coming into force of
this section, applies with respect to the
documents that the financial agent of the
nomination contestant must provide in relation
to the nomination campaign of that
contestant."
At least Harper is standing up to liberal corruption, asking for the Bill not to be delayed.

I say the Bill should include a program to recover the $40 million from adscam that is still unaccounted for from the liberals, why should they have special treatment above what any common criminal would get?

3 Comments:

Blogger Hangin to the left said...

Thanks for your post on my blog. I bet you and I, with differing ideological backgrounds will have much to discuss.

on the specific issue of our post, I completely agree with the measures in the Accountabilit Act. Individual contributions should be set at $1000 per individual. Corporations should not be allowed to donate to political parties. I think it's funny how Harper was the most vocal against the original campaign finance reforms brought forward by Chretien, see the supreme court case "Stephen Joseph Harper v. Attorney General of Canada".

Nevertheless, I think that it's hard to say that the Liberal Party of Canada, while operating under the current law, should have to change EVERYTHING mid course. The LPC is following each and every rule (even if Volpe is taking money from kids and the new Act doesn't change this practice.)

Bottom line, the Act should pass, but should be delayed or at least make an exception to the LPC leadership convention. It's only fair.

Monday, June 26, 2006 6:02:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew Smith said...

"I say the Bill should include a program to recover the $40 million from adscam that is still unaccounted for from the liberals"

Isn't the government of Canada planning on suing the Liberals to recover the cash? If they're not, they should - you can't just legislate a single party to give the government $40-million.

I don't think the Liberal senators would be stupid enough to hold up the Accountability Act - that would give Harper justification to call an election that he would win. I think it's all talk.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 5:37:00 PM  
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