June 1, 2017 •
Canada Federal: Bill Introduce to Increase Transparency for Political Fundraisers
On May 31, legislation was introduced in the Federal Parliament of Canada to increase transparency concerning political fundraising events.
House Government Bill C-50 requires a five-day advance notice of fundraisers where the admission price is $200 or more. A regulated fundraising event does not include a convention, including leadership conventions, of a registered party or a leadership contestants’ debate. The bill requires political parties file itemized reports to Elections Canada within 30 days of a fundraiser, including information such as the attendants’ names and amounts contributed. If a regulated fundraising event is organized entirely by persons or entities other than a registered party, the person or entity must provide the attendants and donation information to the registered party in time for the registered party to make its report.
The bill’s regulations would not apply if a fundraiser takes place during the election period of a general election.
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