I can speak only for my own constituency. As far as the campaign is concerned, the official agent files his return of contributions 'received by him. The candidate himself has to make a report of his own expenses and any moneys that came into his hands; as to any money that comes to the central fund, if I might so term it, of any of the parties, I have never seen any record of it. I do not know whether there is any central fund or not in any party. I never have personally received any money from any central fund belonging to the party to which I owe allegiance, and I do not know of any person else receiving any contribution from any central fund of any other party. In any event surely nothing can be gained by going muck-raking over the past ten years.
What this committee has been endeavouring to do during the past three sessions of parliament is to work out an elections act which will clarify everything pertaining to elections, simplify them, make elections less costly. As far as the cost to Canada is concerned, under the Dominion Elections Act we have succeeded in reducing it by a substantial amount and if we can now insert provisions in the act which will save money for the candidate, the object is certainly a worthy one, The resolution itself covers all that we need do.
I have been wondering whether the campaign funds that have been spoken of by hon. members ever had any more influence in an election than the promise of S25 a month that was made in two elections that I know of.
Topic: CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD