2012 Canadian Provinces Electoral Finance Report

The FDA audit entailed a comprehensive audit of the electoral finance legislation of Canada’s 10 provinces. The audit is restricted to capturing systematic corruption. The FDA measured exceptional legislation in Québec and Manitoba, very good in Nova Scotia, acceptable in New Brunswick, unacceptable (passing) in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, and unacceptable (failing) in Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan. The FDA believes that the legislation from Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan is systematically corrupt by favouring minority/special interests over the interests of the people. The FDA identified major deficiencies in many areas of these provinces’ legislation including the addition of corporations and trade unions in electoral contributions, high caps on contributions, no expenditure limits, public subsidies which favor large, established parties, no regulation of third party expenditure, and/or low fines on corporations and trade unions for electoral wrongdoing. In contrast, FDA auditors measured zero deficiency in Québec’s legislation. This measurement means that Québec’s legislation is working completely in the interests of the people of Québec. The FDA recommends that the rest of Canada’s provinces model their legislation after Québec’s.