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Election watchers call for PAC controls

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Christopher Guly

While HarperPAC lasted less than a week before it was shut down over protests from the Conservative Party of Canada, the rise of political action committees has renewed calls to curb their pre-election activities.

University of Ottawa law professor Michael Pal, who teaches a course on election law, said that because of a “large loophole” in the Canada Elections Act, PACs in Canada will be able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in promoting parties and candidates — as they do in the United...