nd cut elections Canada down to size. The in and out scandal is over. All it really proved was that elections Canada is run by anti Tory grit hacks. marc mayrand needs to go as soon as his term is up. Unfortunately it seems mayrand can stay until age 65. elections Canada should be massively purged of the grit rot. The theatrics of this grit hack in this ridiculous case should be enough to get him fired, but it probably won't happen.He is busy now not asking for repayment of grit leadership loans and is probably busily looking for some other way to attack the Tories. Let him know that he is held in utter contempt by a great many Canadians.
Senior Conservatives still maintain they did nothing wrong shuffling the money between national and local campaigns. They have a point — for long periods of time this was considered standard practice by all parties. In fact, it was the Bloc Québecois that pioneered and perfected the method of inflating campaign expenses at the riding level to obtain higher refunds from Elections Canada in the 2000 campaign. Other parties were shuffling money around in 2006 and the only reason they didn’t breach spending limits is that they didn’t have enough money.
The Tory defence was that they fell foul of a change of interpretation of the Elections Act by Elections Canada, which issued new guidelines on what constituted local advertising. The Conservatives claim that they, not the bureaucracy, should have been the arbiters of editorial content in their ads, which seems fair enough.