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Mulcair refuses to reveal cost of NDP convention-finance violation
The Globe And Mail

Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair isn’t revealing how much the NDP was forced to pay back to major Canadian unions after Elections Canada found the party violated political financing laws.

The elections watchdog said the New Democrats broke the rules after accepting an unspecified amount of sponsorship money from large unions during the NDP’s national convention last June. For example, an evening dinner with late leader Jack Layton and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter was sponsored by the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Elections Canada noted that the sponsorships constituted contributions, and because parties can’t accept contributions from unions, the money was considered ineligible.

Accepting money from unions or corporations isn’t always a violation – they can pay parties for goods or services, such as advertising or a sponsorship, as long as there is an actual market they are accessing and that they pay an appropriate market value. Paying more than market value equals contributing politically to the party.

Reporters asked Mr. Mulcair how much the party had paid back to the unions – which included the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the United Steelworkers. He offered no details.

Pourquoi je vous parle de cette vieille histoire qui remonte au 6 juin 2012 ? Parce qu’actuellement on débat à Ottawa d’un projet de loi conservateur pour obliger les syndicats à plus de transparence dans le dévoilement de leurs états financiers.

Hier, sur les ondes de RadioX Montréal, Alexandre Boulerice a tenté de justifier l’opposition du NPD à ce projet de loi dans l’émission d’Éric Duhaime et Jean-Nicolas Gagné. Durant la discussion, le député Boulerice a déclaré que les syndicats canadiens étaient « les organisations les plus transparentes au monde », rien de moins ! Tellement transparente qu’ils ont contribué illégalement à la campagne du NPD… J’imagine que c’est ce qui motive leur opposition au projet de loi…