MacGregor Bill Limits Election Length, Cracks Down on Big Money.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 31, 2016 

MACGREGOR BILL LIMITS ELECTION LENGTH, CRACKS DOWN ON BIG MONEY  

OTTAWA – Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford,  introduced a bill today to ensure that governments cannot set an election period longer than 46 days in order to spend more money. 

This bill would reverse changes brought to the Canada Elections Act by the previous Conservative government that radically raised spending limits for longer campaigns, as we saw during the 2015 election. 

‘This bill will curtail the ability of rich parties to effectively buy elections. If we are to create a fair electoral system, then we must also ensure that political parties are on a level-playing field,”  stated MacGregor. 

‘We need to prevent US-style big money politics in Canada. Marathon election campaigns where wealthy parties can essentially flood the airwaves with attack ads have no place in a fair democratic system’’, added NDP Democratic Reform Critic Nathan Cullen. 

‘’This past election subjected Canadians to 78 days filled with a constant barrage of TV and radio ads all as a cynical attempt to increase the amount of election spending by political parties’’ stated MacGregor 

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