NDP looks to cities for help on third-party rules
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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.