Friday, June 16, 2006

Using government to stamp out your enemies...

So Stephen Harper is trying to make it illegal for anyone who has donated more than $5 to the Liberal Party this year to attend the leadership convention as a delegate.

Words escape me.

11 Comments:

At 6/17/2006 1:18 a.m., Blogger YYC Liberal said...

Good thing I haven't Donated this year :)

 
At 6/17/2006 2:12 a.m., Blogger YYC Liberal said...

But seriously, I agree...it's nuts

 
At 6/17/2006 2:47 a.m., Anonymous burlivespipe said...

both he and the ndp, which support the bill, are playnig with sharp knives. it's something they should be careful of, since this kind of vicious, diabolical craftwork will come back to bite them, in a different way.
just as the tories avoided Chretien's financing regulations by calling their leadership race just before the rules took place, since this race was already in motion before these rules were thrown into the maw I'm pretty certain that we could avoid it. But lets keep this in our little books... and make sure you share with your ndp friends that they must shoulder some of the blame for the cancellation of kelowna, kyoto, child care, environmental programs like energuide and 1-ton challenge etc. Their game of leapfrog won't result in more progressive governance; it'll empower harpor and his harlots for years to come.

 
At 6/17/2006 2:48 p.m., Blogger OttawaCon said...

That limit and the rules were announced back when Paul Martin was Prime Minister.

Perhaps the Liberal Party should consider having a convention with a charge that is affordable to the average Canadian, instead of howling that the average taxpayer will no longer subsidize their events.

 
At 6/17/2006 4:19 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am afraid Liberals no longer have any ndp friends....things have changed since the last election....my daughter works for the ndp...we always thought along the same lines even though we were in different parties...we are no longer on the same thread...we are now political enemies....

 
At 6/17/2006 6:17 p.m., Blogger Miles Lunn said...

The NDP and the Tories both have their own reasons for wanting to see the Liberals eliminated. The Tories know if the NDP was their main opponent as opposed to the Liberals they would spend more time in government than opposition. The NDP knows if they can get rid of the Liberals, they can at least occassionally form government, whereas as long as the Liberals continue to exist, they will remain irrelevant. They are trying to create the same political scene that exists in BC, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba where there is no middle party. Likewise Australia, New Zealand, and Britain (pre-1997) had similiar political scenes too.

Anyways even though I've donated more than $5, I plan to ignore the new law as I believe it is unconstitutional. This will eventually go to the Supreme Court and likely get struck down. I would encourage the Liberal Party to launch a constitutional challenge if this law passes.

 
At 6/17/2006 8:41 p.m., Anonymous MRJAMIESON said...

My research at Elections Canada website reveals that a Stephen Harper of Calgary Southwest made a donation to the local conservative candidate in the amount of $4500. It also seems that four other Conservatives MP's in Peter bough and its neighbours or no where to be seen on the donors list for the last year.

Why can Stephen Harper donate $4500 to a political party and I can't donate $1000.01? Why can my MP donate nothing and tell me how much is too much?

 
At 6/17/2006 11:15 p.m., Blogger OttawaCon said...

$5000 is the current limit. $1000 is the proposed new one under the Accountability Act.

The constitutionality of contribution limits has already been challenged, when Chretien's government passed the prior law.

 
At 6/18/2006 3:09 a.m., Blogger HisHighness said...

I'd attend anyway, they can throw me in jail if they want. Look real good for der fuhrer. on the news.

 
At 6/18/2006 8:52 p.m., Blogger Miles Lunn said...

HH - They won't throw you in jail, they will just fine you. I hope someone launches a court challenge and if they do, I hope the senate delays passage of the bill until the Supreme Court of Canada rules on it.

Whats ironic is the National Citizen's Coalition who Harper use to be the head of would challenge this type of law in the past. Talk about Harpocracy.

 
At 6/19/2006 11:32 a.m., Blogger Clear Grit said...

In fact, Stephen Harper himself used to say that donation limits are undemocratic.

 

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