NDP MP Pat Martin is trying to use political allies to circumvent donation laws in order to pay for his loud, libellous mouth.
Martin is being sued by Racknine after a belated apology (see here) was deemed insufficient by the company and now wants to avoid coughing up the money for his own defence:
“I’m having a trust fund set up, separate from the party and separate from my office as a Member of Parliament, and that makes it legal for people to donate. It’s not a tax-deductible donation of any kind. It’s not a charity, nor is it a political party donation. It would simply be a contribution to my legal defence fund.” (see here)
Curious to see if Martin’s scheme to get past donations rules will be found to be legal under Canada’s Election Act.
Update: The Federal Accountability Act states:
“In a related amendment to the Parliament of Canada Act, clause 99 of Bill C-2 prohibits members of the House of Commons from directly or indirectly accepting a benefit or income from a trust fund established by reason of their position as members of the House of Commons (see here)