Inside Politics

Senate Liberal wants to tighten rules on election expense limits

As his Commons counterparts parse the fine print of the government's latest attempt to rewrite the rulebook for future federal electioneering, Senate Liberal Dennis Dawson has put forward a proposal to crack down on pre-campaign ad blitzes by backdating the existing spending limit to cover the last three months before a fixed date election writ is scheduled to drop.

In the accompanying press release, Dawson points out that the current law "sets out very strict limits on what a party can spend during election campaigns." 

"This bill simply ensures that if one starts campaigning by advertising just before an election, that spending is caught by the statutory spending limits." 

Courtesy of the Senate Liberals, here's the final draft of his bill, which will likely come up for debate when the Red Chamber returns to work from next week's Family Day recess: 

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