October 14, 2016

Trudeau overlooks campaign finance laws to aid doomed Medicine Hat by-election candidate

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

Prime Minister Trudeau flew out to Alberta to show support for the Liberal candidate, Stan Sakamoto, in the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner by-election. It’s leaving me with a few questions about campaign spending. 

The Liberals are throwing the kitchen sink and the Prime Minister at Conservative candidate Glen Motz after a by-election was triggered by the death of the popular conservative MP, Jim Hillyer.

Trudeau's team is making assurances that the Liberal party is paying for the flight out to Medicine Hat because there was no actual government business on the agenda, unless you count selfies. That's great, but there is a campaign spending cap in the by-election of $77,859.12.

The travel of the Prime Minister and his entourage to come out to a campaign rally, while not being paid for this time by the Canadian taxpayer, is a campaign expense.

The Prime Minister’s challenger jet costs about $14,000 per hour in the air. I have a flight manifest from February from one of Trudeau's trips out west. The flight time length was 8.5 hours in the air from Calgary and back to Ottawa putting the estimated cost of the PM’s flight for the southern Alberta Liberal selfie junket at $122,400.

That blows through the entire campaign spending cap in one shot! The Liberals need to explain how this can happen and try to justify it.

Medicine Hat is a deep blue riding, voting nearly 70% Conservative historically. The Liberals are going to lose but that won’t stop Trudeau from stuffing his ego, wasting money and pushing the limits of campaign rules to do it.

If Trudeau is willing to overlook campaign finance laws for a by-election he knows he’ll lose, and lose badly, imagine what he would do in a hotly contested riding?

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commented 2016-10-20 22:39:03 -0400
I checked with Elections Canada. Both the Liberal Party and the candidate have spending limits. This is the information I received:

For the current by-election in the district of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner each candidate has a spending limit of $112,531.55 and each registered party who has endorsed a candidate has a spending limit of $78,302.90. As a result, spending up to these limits are allowed.

So let’s remember to follow up on the cost of that jet!
commented 2016-10-16 13:01:25 -0400
Not to worry. When Justin bin ELBOW “reforms” the electoral system, such flights will only be necessary to assuage his selfie ego. Lieberals will be by elected by acclamation as everyone knows, only they know what it best for everyone!
commented 2016-10-15 12:07:19 -0400
@ Peter Oehring commented 2 hours ago
Tater-turd is not liked in Ontario by the well-informed. Speaking to millennials and the younger generation – whatever’s they can only defend him by saying that he is not Harper. It is hard to reason with such simpletons, our education is part of the problem as they are lefties. Do not encourage the young to vote because this is the mess that is created, nice hair but no substance.
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Unfortunately the masses in Whine-tario are for the most part very uninformed – not may are informed enough to vote the fag boy out.
commented 2016-10-15 10:33:09 -0400
The best way to counter this will to beat the liberal candidate so badly they won’t know what happened.
Then raise the issue in the HC.
commented 2016-10-15 10:14:03 -0400
… and yes Keith Canada is f***Ed.
commented 2016-10-15 10:11:34 -0400
Tater-turd is not liked in Ontario by the well-informed. Speaking to millennials and the younger generation – whatever’s they can only defend him by saying that he is not Harper. It is hard to reason with such simpletons, our education is part of the problem as they are lefties. Do not encourage the young to vote because this is the mess that is created, nice hair but no substance.
commented 2016-10-15 09:32:53 -0400
Nut bar P.M.s from QUE.and communist media (cbc—ctv global) from ONT.what do you expect.
commented 2016-10-15 06:09:54 -0400
Removed for violating rule:Be civil. No personal attacks.
commented 2016-10-14 20:16:47 -0400
Sheila said: If Trudeau is willing to overlook campaign finance laws for a by-election he knows he’ll lose, and lose badly, imagine what he would do in a hotly contested riding?
This kind of campaign fraud, combined with his new election rules being pushed by his Minister of (Immigration) Fraud, M. Monsef, just leads to the expectation of another JT win in 2019. Unabashed corruption, MSM complicity, and a pretty face, I’m afraid, will ensure another Librano victory.
commented 2016-10-14 20:07:44 -0400
He easily encompasses the worst traits of both parents so what do you expect? Blame all the lame types who, even now, are charmed.
commented 2016-10-14 19:25:00 -0400
Baby Doc probably will cover this Liberal Party of Corruption expense by issuing a tweet about Prentice.
commented 2016-10-14 19:00:10 -0400
It is actually more surprising when the libs do things properly and legally than when they break the rules.
commented 2016-10-14 18:57:31 -0400
Silly rabbit , laws are for conservatives.
commented 2016-10-14 18:53:35 -0400
There was more than 100 protesters and they were very vocal, no way he did not hear them inside, What the PM cannot seem to wrap his head around is that HE IS NOT LIKED IN ALBERTA . Most think he is full of shit and they are correct. The MSM would never ever report true numbers that were there anyway, they are as full of shit as the PM. He simply does not understand Albertans, WE DONT LIKE BIG GOV NOR DO WE LIKE PROGRESSIVES WASTING OUR TAX MONEY, HE REPRESENTS PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING WE DONT LIKE. One good thing him coming here he just finished off the liberals chances at winning the riding, This will not be seen as a good thing for the liberal trying to win.
commented 2016-10-14 18:43:38 -0400
Gastel….(another coward behind a fake name or the same one i’m sure)………says “callow”. Well that describes the wee tator tot exactly
commented 2016-10-14 18:40:47 -0400
Never mind a hotly contested riding, imagine what Baby Doc intends to do with electoral reform.
commented 2016-10-14 18:24:42 -0400
Gee Leviticus—Cicero, of all people, should have known better than to make such a callow, sweeping statement.
commented 2016-10-14 18:22:33 -0400
The fag boy does not care about the law – he has an illegal immigrant serving as a minister in his cabinet.

I am so tired of this POS
commented 2016-10-14 18:22:26 -0400
Still I can’t believe so many people gave this traitor muslim so-called pm a second look. He is NOT WELCOMED in Western Canada, and I don’t believe for a moment that we didn’t pay for his trip to Medicine Hat. We paid for his trip, can you imagine the arrogance of this scumbag? He jumps on this taxpayers private jet at a moments thought just like, we jump into our car to grab the mail. Only ours cost $2.00 or so for gas, his escapades costs us hundreds of thousands of dollars each time. NO MORALS, NO STANDARDS, AND NO CONSCIENCE, JUST PURE EVIL. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP.
commented 2016-10-14 18:17:06 -0400
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
commented 2016-10-14 18:12:45 -0400
From the reception he got from the protesters outside I doubt this guy has a hope of winning. Liberals are not popular in alberta, The pm especially, his hatred of alberta shows more every day.
commented 2016-10-14 18:10:38 -0400
Did anybody get a snapshot of Junior flipping the “Salmon Arm Salute” on his way out of town?