There's an interesting article in the Star today talking about the Ontario Liberal Party cheating the election system by having what are essentially fake lobby groups do advertising on their behalf.
I think the real story however is in the money that's changing hands in the process.
I read most of the article to mean "These guys gave thousands to the Liberal Party, who turned around and gave millions back to them from the taxpayers pockets".
That's huge bundles of our money being used to reward people for giving much less money to the Liberal Party. At the end of the day, the Liberal Party is giving millions of dollars to their friends and keeping a good chunk of it for themselves. Here's just a small example:
[quote]Coalition chair Gary O'Neill, who is on vacation and couldn't be reached, is also president of International Union Of Operating Engineers Local 793, which held a Liberal fundraiser at the union hall attended by McGuinty on June 22, 2006. Local 793 has donated $66,389 to the Liberals between 2003 and 2006. Two months ago, the government gave Local 793 a $1.98 million grant for its training centre.[/quote]
It sounds like misappropriation to me. I can't help but be reminded of all the stealing Jean Cretien and Paul Martin were doing just recently. Like father like son? I guess it's "like federal, like provincial".