My $207.00 Political Campaign is all set to leap to $1207.00 when the Government steals my $1000.00 deposit.
Honestly, back when I submitted my nomination papers, I had a niggling suspicion that I would never see my $1000 candidate deposit again. When the sticky fingered government touches money, it does not want to ever give it back. And so I mentally wrote the money off as soon as I handed it over with my nomination package.
In these last few days before the deadline for filing an audited candidate’s election return, Elections Canada has disqualified my official auditor. The reason is that my auditor was also involved in the election as an official agent for the NDP party. This was not a secret: the Election Returning Officer was fully aware of the dual status of auditor/official agent for another party and he was confirmed as my official auditor. The dual role was fine when Elections Canada was accepting the money but now that they are faced with the horrifying prospect of having to give the money back, suddenly it is an unacceptable breach of the elections act.
Even though my official agent and I have filled out all the required forms to account for every penny of my $207 campaign expenditures, they will be denied because I now do not have an official auditor to perform the crucial audit. The bottom line is that Elections Canada will get to keep my $1000 candidate deposit.
The government is sleazy: we all know that. Government cares almost exclusively about money: we hold our noses and try to divert our minds from it. I really don’t care about my $1000.00 deposit: I’m not motivated by money like the government is. BUT, I will say this: government is NOT going to change until WE change it.
I ran in the last election even though I knew that the system is rigged to ensure that parties always win. I’ll run in the next election too, despite having had my deposit stolen in this one because I have unshakable optimism. I know that with only some small and painless modifications in the fundamentals of government it could be made into something that isn’t sleazy and rotten to the core – as it is now. But again I’ll say – WE have to do it because THEY won’t.