Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Liberal Party Keeping Head in Sand over Volpe Fundraising Practices


The Liberal Party of Canada is refusing to investigate leadership candidate Joe Volpe's fundraising practices.

Many have expressed concern that fundraising limitations are being skirted by having the teenage children of pharmaceutical executives donating the maximum $5400.

I am sure this is all above-board. I mean, what teenager hasn't donated their allowance to a political leadership campaign??

Joe Volpe is no stranger to controversy. Recall his penchant for taxpayer funded-pizza and limo rides. In fact, Volpe was rewarded for his efforts at this year's Teddies ceremony where he took home the federal Teddy.

3 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

Many have expressed concern that fundraising limitations are being skirted by having the teenage children of pharmaceutical executives donating the maximum $5400.

Is this type of thing illegal? If not, there's no reason for the Liberal Party to investigate it.

Scott Hennig said...

While I'm no Volpe fan (he well deserved that Teddy), putting limits on contributions is anti-free speech and anti-freedom of association.

All Canadians (including wealthy drug manufactures) should be able to give their money to anyone they want.

The only requirement absolutely needed is pre-election disclosure of contributions and expenditures.

Canadians and Liberal Party voters need to be able to know who has given money to a candidate and how much - before they vote. And for leadership elections (for the most part) they do. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for general elections, where voters only find out after who ponied-up the bucks to each party.

If Liberal Party voters are disgusted that a pharmaceutical company has bought Volpe lock, stock and barrel, they should vote for someone else. But they shouldn't be able to stop another Canadian from spending their own money as they see fit.

That being said, rules are rules and he should try to change the rules if he doesn't like them, not just look for creative ways around them.

However, my guess is that this isn't some form of principled dissention against laws that are anti-fundamental freedoms; he's just trying to fill his coffers anyway he can.

leftdog said...

This is the kind of 'Liberal' crap that got them kicked out of office and will keep them out of office until they clean up their act. Liberal Party officials overseeing the leadership race should ensure that Volpe is bumped from the list of leadership hopefuls. Thank you for posting this.

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