Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Pass the hat

The recent British Columbia election has been filled with the usual mudslinging from all parties, however, there is one point that continued to stick out for me. The use of so-called "hired guns" from out-of-province was often a topical issue. The New Democrats frequently employ foot soliders, campaign organizers and managers from out of province. The Liberals and Conservatives often fundraise and recruit ex-pats (some paid and others volunteer) from outside. Both of these tactics are legal, however, does it make it right?

The issue of bring in people from outside seems to be fine since many are giving their own time or being compensated for it. There is, however, something strange about fundraising outside your jurisdiction, it happens often, but it still seems odd. It is just another reason why the country and provinces need electoral law with teeth.

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