Thursday, February 09, 2012
The liberals at elections Canada spend almost all of their persecuting Tories. I doubt this clear violation of electoral law violations will interest them The Bloc Quebecois may soon have to answer new allegations, this time related to matters of illegal funding. Gilles Duceppe’s troubles are far from over. Next week, he will appear before the House of Commons’ Board of Internal Economy to explain his use of parliamentary funds. He might also have to explain himself very soon to Elections Canada. The Bloc may have violated election laws by taking money from House coffers to pay the salary of its general director, Gilbert Gardner. According to article 416 of the Canada Elections Act, only the party’s chief agent is allowed to pay for the party’s expenses. The salary of an employee is clearly a party expense. On the other hand, in the eyes of the law, the $100,000-a-year salary of the general director is seen as a contribution. And the law is clear in defining the conditions under which a contribution can be made. Only the party’s chief agent can accept one.