PODCAST: Financing an election campaign in Canada

PODCAST: Financing an election campaign in Canada

This is a recording of an article that first appeared in the December 2015 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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Original article and recording by Farnell Morisset

Let’s talk about politics and money. For many, this is a dirty topic: putting ‘money’ and ‘politics’ in the same sentence immediately raises suspicion. I was certainly sensitive to this when, late last summer, I accepted responsibility for the finances of the federal election campaign of a candidate in the Québec City region.

In light of my experience, however, I do feel it’s important to be comfortable talking about the realities and misconceptions of how money and politics interact, at least at the level at which I worked. I also want to assure readers that, in our campaign and all those I observed, I saw no hint of illegal or unethical behaviour.

I don’t claim to be an expert on how political financing works as a whole; I am at best an experienced novice who learned a lot about how things work behind the scenes of a federal election campaign.

For starters, allow me to try to give a grossly over-simplified explanation of how campaign financing works in theory. I learned this – and so much more – within the first few days of being official agent and campaign director for a federal campaign…

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About Author

Farnell Morisset

Farnell Morisset is passionate about discussing (among other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québécois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québécois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image. He has an engineering degree from Université Laval and is currently a law student at McGill University.

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