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Liberals, NDP poised to receive millions through candidate-rebate system

By Abbas Rana      

The Liberals and NDP obtained agreements from candidates allowing both parties’ offices to withhold 60 per cent of their rebates. Conservative candidates get back all of their rebates.

Justin Trudeau speaks to the crowd during last year's election campaign with Liberal candidate for Fredericton, N.B., Matt DeCourcey, who won. Mr. DeCourcey, along with other Liberal and NDP candidates, have to share 60 per cent of the expense rebates from Elections Canada with their parties. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal Liberals and the NDP are poised to rake in millions of dollars this year by withholding 60 per cent of rebates that local candidates are to receive for their campaign expenses from last year's election. Both parties signed written agreements with their candidates before the 2015 election that allow party offices to receive all rebates from Elections Canada directly and transfer only 40 per cent to the respective candidates. The Conservative Party is not withholding any money and

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