The New Democratic Party is asking Canada's elections commissioner to investigate the Conservative party's refusal to report fees paid for its 2005 convention as political donations.What Sinister Thoughts said:
The Conservatives vehemently deny transgressing any laws or regulations. NDP MP Pat Martin has sent a complaint to Raymond Landry in the wake of comments by Treasury Board President John Baird that the Conservative party didn't report delegate fees at its last convention as donations or issue tax receipts for them.
Shut up, cooperate and pay the fine if you are guilty. That's the only way to deal with this situation.It seems simple enough to me. I don't understand the idea that we need to fight every question.
Updated: Good [CTV, Harper says all party financing rules were obeyed]:
Chief Electoral Office Jean-Pierre Kingsley has asked the Conservatives to provide him with all supporting documents related to the convention.[H/T, Bound by Gravity]
Harper's spokesman Dimitris Soudas said the party would comply with the request.
"We are more than willing to provide any further information to Elections Canada," Soudas said. "Any further information that Elections Canada requires we'll be submitting it. It won't be through press releases though."
All parties were required to submit their final financial returns for 2005 by Friday, but Kingsley wanted more information from the Conservatives in light of the confusion over the convention fees.
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