Nova Sco­tia NDP raises ques­tions about $750 fee to join Lib­eral fundrais­ing club

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY/ATLANTIC -

Nova Sco­tia’s premier is brush­ing aside NDP ques­tions about a Lib­eral fundrais­ing club that will hold an event this week­end at the gov­ern­ing party’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

NDP Leader Gary Bur­rill is ques­tion­ing whether pay­ing $750 to at­tend the An­gus L. Club amounts to cash for ac­cess.

McNeil calls the NDP in­quiry silly, say­ing the club is sim­ply an­other fundrais­ing tool for the party.

McNeil says there are strict lim­its on po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions in the prov­ince and the club is an­other way donors can con­trib­ute within the rules.

Bur­rill says set­ting any dol­lar amount to at­tend a po­lit­i­cal fundraiser is wrong and he be­lieves the Lib­er­als should at the very least re­lease a list of donors who at­tend.

The party’s web­site says ben­e­fits of the An­gus L. Club in­clude in­vi­ta­tions to events across the prov­ince and “hear­ing from lead­ing voices on our Lib­eral team,” as well as meet­ing a “strong net­work of busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers.”

In Nova Sco­tia, in­di­vid­u­als can con­trib­ute a max­i­mum of $5,000 an­nu­ally to each reg­is­tered party, its can­di­dates or its elec­toral district as­so­ci­a­tions.

Cor­po­ra­tions, part­ner­ships and trade unions are not al­lowed to make con­tri­bu­tions.

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