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Elections Canada - Canadian Muslim Voting Guide

[17:15]

My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Gold, the Trudeau government has proven time and again to have a difficult time with ethics. One of the more recent failures, which did not receive much attention as it was crowded out by a number of others, involves the Canada Muslim Voting Guide created for use in the 2019 election by Wilfrid Laurier University, which was funded by the federal government. This $25,000 government-funded guide urged readers to vote for the government while giving a failing grade to opposition politicians whom it accused of Islamophobia. Once again, an independent officer of Parliament, this time the Elections Commissioner, found that by funding the election guide, the Liberals once again breached federal law. What is curious is that no penalty was levelled.

Senator Gold, my question is this: In waiving a penalty, an Elections Commissioner investigator concluded that the public interest would be best served “by addressing the matter using informal means.”

Senator Gold, could you find out on behalf of this chamber exactly what these informal means are? Also, what measures have been put in place to ensure the government does not flagrantly violate election law in this way again?

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