After seeing that the Liberals had used the DeGrassi High television set to record their leader Justin Trudeau’s ad (see here), a few suspicious questions popped into mind which led me to look into who is behind this TV show.
Digging a little further, I ran across this post:
The Canadian Federal MP for my riding of Parkdale/High Park, Sarmite (Sam) Bulte, is holding a fundraiser hosted by various lobbyists: Doug Frith (President of Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association – CMPDA), Graham Henderson (President of Canadian Recording Industry Association CRIA ), Jackie Hushion (Executive Director of the Canadian Publishers Council), Danielle LaBossiere (Executive Director of the Entertainment Software Alliance ESA) & Stephen Stohn (DeGrassi producer, who spoke to the Copyright Board of Canada) on Jan 19th, four days before a general Federal Election. (see here)
And confirmed by doing a search on Elections Canada’s database:
And that’s not all. Stohn also gave Bob Rae $3,000 during the Liberal leadership race:
And more recently to the Liberal Party:
So here we have a Liberal donor allowing the Liberal Party to use his company’s facilities to make an ad.
A few questions need to be asked:
– can anyone book this studio?
– what would the cost be to rent this studio?
– how much did the Liberals pay to use this studio?
– was the set usage donated in-kind to the Liberals?
– will Elections Canada be asking to see the invoice?
Update: Well, that didn’t take long to get one answer