The leader of the P.E.I. Green Party is accusing the Premier and Opposition leader of “colluding” in order to reverse a proposed ban on corporate and union political donations in the province.
“A quick scan of the political donations would expose why both the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition would be happy to collude on such a turnaround,” Peter Bevan-Baker told the provincial legislature.
“Corporate donations to both parties are counted in the hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, accounting for the majority of the party revenues.”
In May 2016, Premier Wade MacLauchlan announced an end to political donations in P.E.I. from corporations and unions. Maclauchlan had announced that a bill would be introduced in the fall, but the bill never ended up materializing. In December, the premier proposed a cap on donations, rather than a ban. Currently, P.E.I. has no restrictions on the size of political donations or who can make them.
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