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Regulating influence of wealth on politics: comparing election finances to lobbying

Why does the federal government regulate so tightly election finances, but places no constraint on lobbying expenditures, and does not require they be reported annually?

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

Recently, there has been some discussion of the increasing concentration of income in the hands of the top one per cent of all recipients in Canada (see Stanbury, The Hill Times, Jan. 10, 2011). However, very little attention been paid to the influence of wealth in politics and public policy.

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Regulating influence of wealth on politics: comparing election finances to lobbying

Why does the federal government regulate so tightly election finances, but places no constraint on lobbying expenditures, and does not require they be reported annually?

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

Recently, there has been some discussion of the increasing concentration of income in the hands of the top one per cent of all recipients in Canada (see Stanbury, The Hill Times, Jan. 10, 2011). However, very little attention been paid to the influence of wealth in politics and public policy.

  

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Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2015 - Day 2 panels March 27, 2015

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Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd, Working Families Party co-chair Bob Master, CCPA-Ontario economist Kaylie Tiessen and Canadian Labour Congress political action director Nathan Rotman on a panel discussing "why unions can lead the progressive fight."

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Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd

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Working Families party co-chair Bob Master

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Brian Topp and David Akin

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The packed room at the "Fighting the Frame: How Progressives Can Win Back the Debate" panel discussion.

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Summa Strategies' Tim Powers.

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Tasha Kheiriddin and Tim Powers.

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David Akin and Anna Greenberg.

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The NDP's Rebecca Blaikie and Anne McGrath.

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people

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Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian spoke about feminism 3.0 and online harassment.

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Indigenous rights activist and instructor at University of Winnipeg Leah Gazan
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Quebec activist Dalila Awada

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