I have drawn the ire of some of those “True/Real” Liberals again.
Calling it as you see it has never been viewed as a redeeming quality with the kool-aid drinking crowd. I supposed political idolatry is an occupational hazard of most hyper-partisan sheep.
With the Liberals on the march, suggesting that all five leadership candidates should commit to disclose a complete list and dollar amount of all contributions received during the campaign is anti-liberal.
That I am an instrument of the PC Party. The tories would grin at that! As one person suggested to me, you are going to be out in the cold when your tory buddies get booted out!
I think it is totally unacceptable and strategically a blunder that the Liberal Party did not put a spending cap in place. I think it was equally unwise not to require candidates to publicly disclose all gifts and donations.
In defense of the party, I suppose it might be a reflection of the disarray the party has been under in opposition. A year ago who would have predicted that there would be five credible candidates vying for the leadership, some of them spending hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In light of the public distain for Bill 29, it looks very hypocritical to not lead by example and be transparent and accountable to the last nickel. The secret unlimited donations of money, services and property should be relegated to the trash bin of pork barrel politics. There should also be tight limits on how much candidates can spend.
The public has a right to know who is getting what from whom. I think rules or no rules, the candidates should disclose their contributors and contributions prior to leadership vote.
I’ll take it a step further and suggest that they have a significant moral requirement to do so.