One thing that I learned long ago in politics is that when someone pays a consultant for a report, the outcome of it will be to the liking of the one who is paying for it.
Case in point was Elections Canada paying ex-Elections BC CEO Harry Neufeld to author a report in which he condemns the Conservative’s new Election Act bill:
Harry Neufeld, the author of the report often cited by government officials to support its proposed changes to Canadian election laws, says the government has to amend its election reform bill or kill it.
And of course Neufeld was happy to tell how much he hated it to the Ottawa Press Gallery:
The elections expert also fears half a million people could be disenfranchised based on changes included in the Conservative government’s Bill C-23, he told reporters following his appearance before the procedure and House affairs committee Thursday. (see here)
But what Nuefeld didn’t mention to the Media Party of course was how much he was given by Elections Canada:
Tell me that for $262,000, Neufeld’s report was going to go against Elections Canada CEO Marc Mayrand’s biased view.
Stay tuned as I have some more examples of Mayrand paying people who then attack the Conservatives.