What a wild ride of an article from last year. Do we really need to put this much focus on the actual ‘win’ aspect or would we be better served with a common sense approach? It makes one wonder if we’ve lost much of the latter to appease the former.
Elections Canada alleges the scheme allowed the party to exceed its 2006 campaign spending limit by $1.3-million. That included letting 67 candidates claim about $800,000 in public rebates to which they were not entitled – riding cash that went toward radio and TV ads that had little regional or local component to them.
Inky Mark’s fairly hilarious name aside, who are the lawyers and accountants actually condoning this? Sometimes there are loopholes but where do you draw a morality line as a politician? Do anything to win or ride actual goodwill and character? The answer seems fairly obvious.