St. Albert, May 23rd, 2017 – Official Opposition Deputy Justice Critic, MP Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton) released a letter of complaint to Elections Canada calling on the Commissioner of Elections Canada to commence an investigation into eight third parties that collectively received nearly $700,000 from the U.S.-based Tides Foundation in 2015. The Canada Elections Act expressly prohibits foreign influence and money in Canadian elections. The third parties were registered to participate in the 2015 election and incurred election advertising expenses to influence voters.
“Fundamental to our democracy is that elections should be decided by Canadians,” said Cooper. “The fact that eight third parties that actively participated in the 2015 election, and incurred advertising expenses to influence voters, collectively received a substantial amount of U.S. money during the election year raises questions about the integrity of the electoral process and compliance by the third parties with the Canada Elections Act.”
“The Commissioner of Elections Canada has a duty to ensure full compliance with the Canada Elections Act. Given the substantial amount of U.S. money collectively received by the third parties in 2015, full compliance cannot be assured, absent a full accounting by the third parties through an immediate investigation by Elections Canada.”
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