NDP wants Elections Commissioner to investigate regarding questionable donations

OTTAWA – Official Opposition deputy critic for Democratic Reform Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis–Saint-Laurent) has written to Canada’s Elections Commissioner drawing their attention to questionable donations made to the Liberal and Conservative parties.

“Dozens of associates of the accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton made donations on the same day to the same organization,” said Latendresse. “The Charbonneau Commission has unmasked companies that made a point of using their employees to circumvent the ban on corporate donations to political parties by reimbursing their employees afterwards. If the individuals concerned used such an approach, they would be in violation of the Canada Elections Act.

Donor information on the Elections Canada Website shows that on December 28, 2007, at least 50 members of accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton donated to the Conservative riding association of Pontiac, Quebec, although none of them were from that region. On December 31, 2009, 40 employees from the same firm donated to the Conservative Party of Canada. On February 18, 2010 another wave of donations was made, this time to the Liberal Party of Canada.