NDP looks to cities for help on third-party rules

Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 30, 2017

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The prov­ince is look­ing to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for ideas on how to stop third par­ties from skirt­ing around elec­tion fundrais­ing laws for po­lit­i­cal gain. On Mon­day, the group Save Cal­gary spoke to Metro on their in­ten­tions: to raise cash and spend it on ad­ver­tis­ing campaigns against council can­di­dates they’ve out­lined on their web­page.

“Groups like Save Cal­gary are free to spend as much as they can raise to try and in­flu­ence our mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions with­out any ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency, and that’s fun­da­men­tally un­demo­cratic,” said Al­berta Lib­eral Party leader David Khan, in a pre­pared re­lease.

Matt Dyk­stra, spokesman for Demo­cratic Re­newal Min­is­ter Christina Gray, said it’s dis­ap­point­ing to see con­ser­va­tive “front groups,” act­ing for the United Con­ser­va­tive Party, en­gag­ing out­side the spirit of Al­berta’s laws on the pro­vin­cial level, and now spilling into mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics. He said the prov­ince is look­ing into the prac­tice but hopes mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can come for­ward with their ideas on how to tackle the is­sue.

“The le­gacy Wil­drose and PC cau­cuses both voted in favour of strength­en­ing Al­berta’s elec­tion fi­nanc­ing laws, and it is ironic to hear the NDP gov­ern­ment com­plain­ing about their own leg­is­la­tion,” Sa­man­tha John­ston, press sec­re­tary for the UCP cau­cus said in a state­ment.

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