Baloney Meter: Is Elections Canada biased in favour of Liberals, as Tory claims? - 2019-06-14
As a backbencher in Stephen Harper's Conservative government, the Ottawa MP repeatedly derided Elections Canada's contention that the Conservative party illegally transferred money to local riding campaigns to pay for national ads during the 2006 election — the so-called "in-and-out" scheme that allowed the party to exceed its spending limit by more than $1 million. The Conservatives eventually agreed to a plea deal, admitted to having broken the law and paid the maximum fine of $50,000.
In 2014, as democratic reform minister, Poilievre introduced the Fair Elections Act, which Marc Mayrand, chief electoral officer at the time, feared would disenfranchise tens of thousands of Canadians. Poilievre accused Elections Canada of bias, arguing that the "referee shouldn't be wearing a team jersey." And he dismissed Mayrand's criticisms as evidence that "he wants more power, a bigger budget and less accountability."
Now, he's going after Elections Canada again for not prosecuting Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin for a scheme to circumvent the ban on corporate donations to political parties, resulting in about $110,000 in illegal donations to federal Liberals and another $8,000 to the Conservatives from 2004 to 2009.