Cash-for-access fundraising 'has no place in a healthy democracy,' Schreiner says
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:54PM EDT
The provincial Green Party is trying to eliminate cash-for-access political fundraising in the province.
Ontario Green Party leader and Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner has introduced a private member’s bill aimed at slashing the fundraising method.
“Cash-for-access has no place in a healthy democracy,” Schreiner said. “All this does is allow money and influence to be traded between those in power and those with power.”
If passed, the bill would cap the ticket price of political fundraising events at $100.
Noting that the Progressive Conservatives had recently held a fundraiser that cost over $1,200 to attend, Schreiner accused the party of changing its tone on the issue of money in politics.
He says the party supported tougher finance rules in opposition, but relaxed them as soon as the PC government came to power.