Senator Dawson urges the party leaders to follow the letter and spirit of Bill S-215Published on 4 June 2015 News & Photos by Senator Dennis Dawson
OTTAWA – June 4, 2014 – “With the election still months away, Canadians are witnessing a problem I anticipated years ago, namely that with a fixed election date, parties are spending on campaign-style advertising months ahead of the official election call. Our election laws carefully limit advertising spending during a campaign, but never addressed advertising before the campaign period,” explained Senator Dennis Dawson. “This “wild west” campaign spending flies in the face of the principles of fair election campaigning in the Canada Elections Act. Once again, we have money talking in our elections, rather than the candidates. That needs to stop.”
The problem results from a loophole left in the Canada Elections Act since the introduction by the Harper Government of fixed election dates. Senator Dawson has tabled and retabled a bill to fix this loophole since 2009. The latest is Bill S-215, tabled in February 2014. All have been buried by the Conservative government.
“My bill has effectively been killed, but we can still achieve its purpose. I call on the leaders of the recognized parties in the House of Commons to undertake to follow the spirit and the letter of my Bill S-215, by agreeing that within 7 days of the start of the official campaign, they will publicly disclose the amounts spent on all political advertising for the previous three months.
Further, I call on each of the parties to promise to fix this loophole if elected. Then we will have taken a significant step to truly reduce the influence of money in politics.”
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