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Political financing bill a ‘Seinfeld episode,’ critics tell Minister Gould it’s ‘not very substantive’

By Charelle Evelyn      

It doesn't ban cash-for-access fundraisers, says Conservative critic Scott Reid. The bill would bring in some reporting requirements, but nothing will substantially change.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould heard from Procedure and House Affairs Committee Conservative members Scott Reid, left, and John Nater, right, as they began studying Bill C-50 on Sept. 28. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould’s political financing bill doesn’t do any real harm, but doesn’t do any good either, opposition MPs suggested at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee as members began their study on Bill C-50 last week. The government could have gone further and taken a page from their Ontario Liberal cousins to ban so-called cash-for-access fundraisers outright, said opposition MPs. But Conservative MPs also suggested that in some ways Ms. Gould's bill goes too far.

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