“Are there any restrictions to prevent an organization in the U.S. or anywhere from providing funding to third parties in Canada for use during an election?” Conservative Senator Linda Frum asked Mayrand.
“Once the funds are mingled, it’s the Canadian organization’s funds,” Mayrand answered. For that brief moment after, you could hear a pin drop.
The shorter version of his answer to Frum’s question could just as well have been: “No.” Because what he’s saying is there really are no restrictions. It’s just not something that’s tracked.
This is raising more and more eyebrows in political circles because registered third parties face few restrictions on how they spend their money and how much they spend, unlike the political parties actually waging the campaigns.