Conservative election candidates have regularly missed deadlines for repaying campaign debts, indulging in the same supposedly illegal conduct for which the Tories are now denouncing Liberal Leader Stephane Dion.
Oblivious to their own record, Tories escalated their attacks...
According to a chart compiled by Elections Canada, 426 candidates — including 121 Conservatives — sought extensions to pay off loans after the 2004 election.
As well, 401 candidates — including 125 Conservatives — sought extensions to clear unpaid bills...
Furthermore, Elections Canada’s web site lists 19 candidates — five of them Conservatives — with loans that remained unpaid 18 months after the 2006 election.
It further lists 10 candidates — four of them Conservatives — whose unpaid loans were deemed to count as donations after 18 months. In five of those cases — three involving Conservative candidates — the donations exceed the legal maximum of $5,400 per donor.
Too rich for words.