Questions raised by my post yesterday were brought up in the House of Commons today by James Bezan (Conservative MP, Selkirk-Interlake) to Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board Pierre Poilievre (Conservative MP, Nepean-Carleton).
In response to a story broken here three days ago, the Conservatives are demanding answers from Elections Canada on the Grit fundraising auction being held among the 8 Ottawa ridings, where according to the Liberals, “the sky is the limit” and successful bids do not count as donations.
From: Poilievre, Pierre – M.P. [mailto:PoiliP@parl.gc.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 3:08 PM
Subject: “Liberal Party of Canada Cocktail Event” – Investigate
Commissioner of Canada Elections
c/o Elections Canada
257 Slater Street
February 12, 2008
I have become aware of a Liberal Party of Canada Cocktail Event scheduled for February 13th boasts that “the sky is the limit for this auction. A successful bid is not a political contribution…as such individuals, partnerships, corporations and associations are free to bid as high as they want.” The event boasts auction items including:
* Golf with former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin.
* Attending a hockey game with senior Liberal Member of Parliament
and former Liberal leadership contender, Ken Dryden.
* Tennis with Liberal star candidate Bob Rae and his brother Liberal campaign Co-Chair, John Rae.
* Lunch with Liberal Deputy Leader Michael Ignatieff.
* Lunch with former Liberal Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau’s son, Justin.
* Lunch with former Liberal Leadership candidate, Scott Brison
This event raises serious questions surrounding the legality of the fundraising practices of the Liberal Party of Canada. I respectfully ask that you investigate whether or not this event complies with the sprit of the Federal Accountability Act and other federal political party fundraising legislation.
If you allow the Liberal Party to use these methods, you will have unilaterally repealed all of the campaign finance legislation passed over the last five years, and you will be reintroducing big money and corporate cash into our political process.
With the possibly of a federal election happening in the near future I hope that this matter can be dealt with great expediency.
Member of Parliament
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I’ve snagged a number of interviews from CFRA concerning the Governor General designate, Michaelle Jean.
The first podcast however focusses on gas prices as Pierre Poilievre answers callers and discusses the CPC transit plan.
Onto the GG, Pierre Poilievre raises questions about Michaelle Jean’s alleged ties to the terrorist FLQ in the second podcast.
The third podcast is an interview with Stephen Harper concerning Ms. Jean’s alleged ties to separatism.
Finally, a fourth podcast with John Aimers of the Monarchist League discussing the latest information on our Governor General designate.
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