He’s got a point

NDP MP Charlie Angus, referring to this story on CBC News about SNC-Lavalin executives being reimbursed for making donations to the Liberal Party of Canada, says, on social media:

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The CBC reports that “A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at the embattled engineering firm SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections … [and] … The list of names, compiled in 2016 by federal investigators probing political party donations and leaked to CBC’s The Fifth Estate and Radio-Canada’s Enquête, raises new questions about an agreement by the Commissioner of Canada Elections not to prosecute the company … [but for some reason] … The federal Liberals were sent the list in a letter marked “confidential” from the Commissioner of Canada Elections — the investigative branch of Elections Canada — on Aug. 5, 2016. But for nearly three years, neither Elections Canada nor the Liberal Party shared that information publicly … [further] … The investigation reveals that over a period of more than five years between 2004 and 2009, 18 former SNC-Lavalin employees, directors and some spouses contributed nearly $110,000 to the federal Liberals, including to four party leadership campaigns and four riding associations in Quebec … [and] … According to the letter, the investigation found that SNC-Lavalin reimbursed all of those individual donations — a practice forbidden under the Canada Elections Act … [because] … Since 2004, corporations have not been allowed to make donations to federal political parties in order to prevent corporate influence over election campaigns.

According to MacLean’s magazine, Dean Del Mastro went to jail (in September 2017) because “in 2008, when Del Mastro was running for re-election in Peterboroughhe wanted to rack up his margin of victory, so he secretly paid for $21,000 on election calls with a personal cheque, blowing past the $92,567 spending cap … [and, the reporter says] … This kind of thing likely happens often enough. Political pros say many campaigns have second, off-the-book accounts that nobody ever hears about.” But Mr Del Mastro went to jail for $21,000 while the SNC-Lavalin executives and the Liberal MPs who benefitted from their support spent $110,000, five times as much, but were not prosecuted.

Double standard, anyone? Is there one “rule of law” for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and their Québec corporate cronies but another, harsher one for Conservatives?

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