There were two major developments in the ongoing, CBC-led investigation of election misconduct by Harper regime governmental affairs minister Peter Penashue in Labrador. First, it was alleged by the Liberals and by the CBC that Penashue’s campaign appears to have taken a $5500 donation from a corporation. This is illegal under the election law: corporations and unions cannot donate to political parties. Individuals can donate, but only up to a maximum of $1100.
The weirdest part about the whole saga is that Penashue is already known to have flagrantly violated the election law. It was reported over the summer that his campaign violated the spending cap law. Everything that had happened since then — the mysterious loan from an in-law’s development company, the massive cost overruns on his airfare (which were partially written off, perhaps illegally, thus bringing his “actual” spending back down to the spending limit or thereabouts), the alleged corporate donation, and all the rest — all of this is just extra. We know he broke the elections law. Yet he is still in Cabinet, still in the Conservative caucus, and more importantly, still uncharged by Elections Canada. How is this state of affairs even conceivable?Tweet