Millions of foreign funds destined in federal elections of 2015

National Post
Joan Crockatt James Alexander Michie

Calgary Centre M.P. Joan Crockatt is introduced in the House of Commons by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on December 12, 2012

According to one report, millions of foreign funds were destined to spend in the 2015 federal elections to defeat the Harper government.

This report, which has 36 pages, is entitled: Elections Canada Complaint Regarding Foreign Influence in the 2015 Canadian Election. It denotes that the third parties worked together, which may have overlooked the limits of electoral spending, all of which seems to be in contravention of the Canadian Elections Act.

And it is speculated that the foreign money channeled to the Canadian political defense groups affected the outcome of the 2015 federal elections. This document was presented last week with Elections Canada and obtained in part by the Calgary Herald.

Likewise, the Canada Elections Act states that “a third party shall not circumvent, or attempt to circumvent, a limit set out . . . in any manner, including by splitting itself into two or more third parties for the purpose of circumventing the limit or acting in collusion with another third party so that their combined election advertising expenses exceed the limit”.

Then, for what has been evidenced according to the report, “Electoral outcomes were influenced”.

In the same way, the Canada Elections Act also states: “No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate” unless the person is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.

Notoriously if there was some influence

It is necessary to highlight certain factors that make it clear that there was some influence in the elections. The number of third parties registered during the 2015 general election more than doubled, to 114 compared with 55, in the 2011 election.

And it is that 114 third parties invested $ 6 million to influence the outcome of the election and many of those third parties were financed by the Tides Foundation,

Similarly, in 2015, Tides Foundation donated $1.5 million of U.S. money to Canadian third parties in the election year.

Now, it has been said that Canadians must worry about any kind of foreign participation in any election. In fact, according to the professor of political science at Mount Royal University, Duane Bratt, “The whole concept and idea of foreign influence in an election is an important issue and is something that Canadians should not tolerate”.

Source: National Post

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