Thursday, June 01, 2006

Crack Open The Piggy Bank

This story keeps getting more and more ridiculous by the day. It's no longer a case of teenagers donating 5 grand to uncle Joe - it's now eleven year olds doing it.

Having family members donate large sums is an obvious loophole to the current laws everyone has known about for some time. And I suspect it would be very hard to prosecute anyone for breaching the financing law for offenses like this.

That said, how the Volpe campaign can continue to pretend this is no big deal is beyond me. It's obvious that the donations should be returned before his campaign uses up what little ethical credibility it has left.


  • There are apparently clauses in the financing laws to deal with situations like this.

    By Blogger Andrew, at 6:45 a.m.  

  • What Liberal corruption? Everything is fine! No need to investigate! This is all slander! Libel! Lies!

    I mean, every 11 year old I know has $5k to donate to a leadership candidate. Most Grade 5s and 6s I know donate around 10-15k annually to political candidates and leaders. It's just what you do!

    Too Bad for LPC taht CPC doesn't have a Hastert in their leadership. Nobody's going to ride to the rescue protesting the unconstitutional nature of these investigations.


    Love the NDP quote: ok, it isn't fraud... it look slike fraud and elections canada should investigate to see if it is. The best FU response to a slander charge I've heard. But what does anyone expect, this is just standard operating procedure in the LPC. It's in the handbook. It's not widely known, but LPC actually requires you to do these kinds of fundraising shenangians to get "made" by the Gagliano branch of the LPC family. If you're not a made man, you're always just going to be a soldier and not a cabinet member or leader!

    Watch out for the ticking sound from your car, leave the gun, take the canoli, always pass your stacks of hundreds in brown envelopes, and never have the ac on when having a meeting!

    By Blogger Hey, at 7:57 a.m.  

  • Joe Volpe needs to withdrawal from this leadership race sooner rather than later. The LPC does not need more reasons for it's opponents to point and sneer, "taint".

    By Blogger Omar, at 8:39 a.m.  

  • Legal or not, Volpe can be thanked for reinforcing the message that the Liberal Party of Canada is corrupt.

    By Blogger Dale Kirby, at 9:52 a.m.  

  • Volpe needs top pull out immediately. Coitus interuptus is definately in order or we really will be fucked.

    By Blogger S.K., at 10:00 a.m.  

  • Hear that? *Kerplushhhhh*... That's the sound of Volpe's campaign imploding.

    When I was an 11 year old, I gathered up the local kids to play some baseball down in the lower field. I guess the new big game in town is to gather together to count 100 dollar bills in piles for Joe Volpe.

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 10:29 a.m.  

  • Volpe needs to get out of the race before he does more damage the he already has. However I think this might get worse before it gets better.

    By Blogger A View From The Left, at 10:39 a.m.  

  • By Blogger Andrew Spicer, at 10:50 a.m.  

  • Do anything to win?

    This is damaging to the Liberal brand.

    But it is also hypocritical of the Conservatives to criticise this and remain silent previously on charges by David Orchard that the Conservative Party owed him money.

    Not to mention the fact that the Conservative party was born as a result of a broken promise by Mr MacKay.

    By Blogger mezba, at 11:29 a.m.  

  • Oh Joe, you little rascal. Don't let these ethical and moral Liberal Party types get you down, this will all blow over.

    You just keep doing what you're doing and let the cards fall where they may!

    Go, go, Kingmaker Joe!

    By Blogger JL, at 11:40 a.m.  

  • I have to commend you, Bart. Your outrage is genuine, and this is rare among Liberals in the face of improprieties. If all Liberals were as open and honest as you are, the party would not be so deep in the hole as it is now.

    By Blogger George, at 3:20 p.m.  

  • "What I don't understand is that he followed the law and people attack volpe."

    Ummm... because he (or his campaign) didn't follow the law, perhaps?
    excerpts from Canada Elections Act
    405. (1) No individual shall make contributions that exceed
    (a) $5,000 in total in any calendar year to a particular registered party and its registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates;...

    405.2 (1) No person or entity shall
    (a) circumvent, or attempt to circumvent, the prohibition under subsection 404(1) or a limit set out in subsection 404.1(1) or 405(1) or paragraph 405.3(2)(b); or
    (b) act in collusion with another person or entity for that purpose.

    With maximum contributions coming in from under-age kids I think the collusion is pretty evident, and with the same surnames, it should have been evident to Volpe's agent. That doesn't mean that it was illegal (although I have my opinion...), but they sure should have given this a lot more thought than they obviously did...

    By Blogger deaner, at 5:07 p.m.  

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