Elections Canada specifically condemns the scam (see here) set up by the NDP to “launder” the money people are donating to the Broadbent Institute via Jack Layton.
The Section 405.21 of the Election Act prohibits a political party from soliciting or accepting a contribution if it has told the contributor that the money would be transferred to a body other than the party, a candidate, a leadership contestant or electoral district association.
Funny how the NDP’s National Director Brad Lavinge, who had this to say yesterday about it:
“Our legal advice is that this is completely permissible under all the rules of governance, so we’re pleased to do it and to fulfill a wish of Jack’s”
is now MIA. (see here)
Update: CBC’s Kady O’Malley calls this “kerfuffle” “hideously unfortunate”. Funny way to describe breaking the law huh? (see here)
Update: The NDP are now suddenly changing how they are collecting these donations by redirecting them to a foundation although $130,000 has already gone through them illegally.
Check out Elizabeth Thompson’s editorializing to try to cover for this NDP scam:
“It all began innocently enough and with the best intentions.” (see here)
Update: Lavigne is now saying “that the lawyers examined only the legality of the party making a donation to the institute, not the tax credit mechanism.”
Lavigne has now completely contradicted what he said early about the lawyers signing off on his little donation scam. (see here)