Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Four out of 10 Canadian provinces get 'F' on Electoral Finance Legislation

Almost half of all Canadian provinces received a failing grade for electoral finance laws in a study being conducted by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA), a non-partisan organization that advances fair and transparent democratic processes. Areas of analysis included financial transparency, contributions, caps on donations, campaign expenditure limits, third party spending and enforcement of finance laws.

Key points gleaned from the study:
  • Quebec, Manitoba = A+; Nova Scotia = B+; New Brunswick = B; Ontario, NFLD and Labrador = D to C+; BC, Sask, PEI, Alberta = F
  • Legislation from Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan is corrupt and favours minority/special interests over the interests of the people.
  • The FDA identified major deficiencies including the addition of corporations and trade unions in electoral contributions, high caps on contributions, no expenditure limits, public subsidies which favor large, established parties, no regulation of third party expenditure, and/or low fines on corporations and trade unions for electoral wrongdoing.
  • FDA auditors measured zero deficiency in Québec's legislation. This measurement means that Québec's legislation is working completely in the interests of the people of Québec.
Canadian Provinces Study Advisory

2012 FDA Canadian Provinces Electoral Finance Report

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