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End big money in politics


Politicians are supposed to be the referees who decide what is in the public interest – so why do we allow wealthy private interests to buy them off with huge donations, including secret donations?

The scandals involving a federal Cabinet minister’s questionable donations and campaign spending in the last election, executives and family members from the same company donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to an Alberta political party, and corruption in Quebec, have highlighted Canada’s weak and loophole-filled restrictions on money in politics.

A senator recently said that federal politicians are under pressure "all the time" to take "brown paper bags with cash in it." And Italian police have said that Ontario has a mafia corruption problem in the construction industry even worse than in Quebec.

The following huge loopholes allow wealthy interests to corrupt Canadian politicians and governments with huge donations:

* Secret, unlimited donations of money, property, and services to candidates in nomination races and political party leadership campaigns are legal;
* Disclosure of "volunteer labour" through corporations and other organizations giving employees paid time off to work on campaigns is not required and there are no limits on donations of volunteer labour;
* Unlimited loans to parties, riding associations, leadership candidates, election candidates, etc. from corporations, unions, and other organizations are allowed, and;
* Donors don't have to disclose their employer or affiliations with organizations, which makes it easy for corporations and other organizations to funnel donations through their employees and associates

Politicians across Canada need to hear from Canadians that we want strict rules to stop wealthy people and corporations and other organizations from using money and gifts to corrupt our democracy!

Please help call for the end of big money in Canadian politics, and to make the political finance system democratic, by sending your letter now, and by signing the petition HERE.

This petition was delivered to:
  • premier of BC
  • Premier of Ontario
  • Elizabeth May
  • Member of Parliament Calgary Southwest
    Stephen Harper
  • Stephen Harper
  • Bob Rae
  • Carolyn Bennett
  • Charlie Angus
  • Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
    Carolyn Bennett
  • Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada / Chef, Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada
    Tom Mulcair
  • Leader, Green Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Vert du Canada
    Elizabeth May
  • Premier of Manitoba
  • Premier of the Yukon
  • Thomas Mulcair
  • Key federal and provincial politicians
  • Craig Scott
  • Government Ethics Committee
  • Premier of New Brunswick
  • Premier of Newfoundland
  • Premier of Nova Scotia
  • Premier of NT
  • Premier of Nunavut
  • Premier of Saskatchewan
  • Leader, Conservative Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Conservateur du Canada
    Stephen Harper

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