4/18/2006

Ethics, Money and The Charter

Tory ethics law seen as violating Charter, or so says Allan Woods of CanWest News Service at Canada.com.
Somehow, limiting donations is seen as a violation of free speech and free association. Did even one of these people stop to think about everything that went on during the Sponsorship Scandal?
This sort of mindless wailing of "Oh! My rights!" really gets on my nerves. The people in this article, and dare I say the author as well, did not stop to think about the long term implications of their desires. Right now, Canada has an ethics crisis. There are far too many people trying to buy their way into the law... or out of it. Joe-Average-Canadian who can't afford to give tens of thousands of dollars to a political party will therefore have less say because of his lack of cash. This is not how it is supposed to work.
I realize that the world is no perfect and that the rich will always be able to afford better lawyers. But, when it comes to politics, there needs to be a limit on how much power the moneyed can have. This is a democracy, not an oligarchy.

2 comments:

Steve said...

What I'd like to know is if the $1000 individual limit proposed by the Tories somehow violates the charter, why didn't anyone say this about the $5000 limit introduced by the Liberals? This is just hot air in my opinion.

fzmousie said...

This is a democracy?

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