Focus on Public Policy - January 2013: Quebec Political Financing Changes Come Into Force

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This past Tuesday marked the coming into force of Quebec’s Bill N°2: An Act to amend the Election Act in order to reduce the elector contribution limit, lower the ceiling on election expenses and increase public financing of Québec political parties.

Passed by Quebec’s National Assembly on December 6, 2012 by consensus (i.e. all sitting parties supported the new provisions), the bill introduces a number of key measures aimed at reforming political financing in the province. The bill aims to restore public confidence in the political financing system as Quebec has been subject to several corruption scandals related to political donations in recent months.

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