Need solutions now to clean up fundraising mess
The GPO is focused on solutions to clean up the fundraising mess at Queen's Park - immediately.
I indicated to the Premier that this is our top priority.
The process to develop reforms must be open, fair and democratic. I challenged the Premier to work with opposition parties. We all need to agree on a way forward that prevents the government from using its majority to impose changes to their benefit.
The Premier and I had a constructive discussion. The Premier was receptive to my suggestions and indicated a willingness to work together on solutions.
My hope is that I can play a constructive role as an honest mediator. I believe we can develop a process that all parties can agree is fair, while at the same time moving reform forward as soon as possible.
As a starting point for a conversation on fundraising reform, I presented the Premier with the the GPO’s ideas for change.
We have broad consensus that corporate and union donations need to be eliminated immediately - so let’s get that done. And we need to introduce per vote funding as a more democratic way of funding political parties.
I am reaching out to the other opposition leaders to discuss ways we can bring solutions forward quickly. We need to get big money out of politics as soon as possible.
Open Letter to Premier Wynne: gpo.ca/open-letter-immediate-action-needed-fundraising-reform
GPO ideas for fundraising reform: gpo.ca/fundraising-reform-proposal