If you're not familiar with this man, he is Senator Dennis Dawson. Today he tabled a Bill in the Senate, that is designed to plug a loophole that was left by the 'set election date' law...(as if that wasn't a big loophole in itself).
It will be interesting to see how the government reacts to this Bill. Gawd knows the NCC already thinks the rules are too onerous re' third party advertising and considering Harper's history, something tells me that he's not going to be too keen on this little addition.
What can he say though? The aim of the Bill is to increase accountability. How can the Conservatives, with any credibility, say they are against that? Wasn't Baird screaming from the rooftops that his Accountability Act was all about elections not being 'bought'? Wasn't one of the aims of his legislation to 'level the playing field'?
We know through the In and Out investigations that the Conservatives are not adverse to skirting election spending rules. This Bill is just another step in preventing what I'm sure that party believes is extremely creative accounting.
To be clear, the Bill would still allow pre-writ advertising, but anything spent within 3 months of an election would be considered an election expense.
In a minority situation, it's a rather interesting proposition when you think of it.
Calling John Baird.
Update - forget John Baird...we have Steven Fletcher instead.
Steven Fletcher, the Conservative minister of state for democratic reform, immediately slammed the bill as an anti-democratic and "un-Canadian" assault on free speech.
Yep, there's that NCC line that I was expecting. lol Sigh. They are so predictable.