Last week government House Leader Yasir Naqvi insinuated that banning cash-for-access fundraisers was too restrictive and could hamper cabinet ministers from doing any fundraising.
On Monday, Naqvi did a complete 180 saying in a statement that when the house resumes sessions in September, the Ontario Liberals will introduce an amendment to ban fundraising events for all MPP’s.
The announcement came as a surprise to many, especially the Progressive Conservative’s which prompted their Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark to call Naqvi and the Liberals “a real piece of work.”
Tories are pointing the finger at the Liberals claiming this is an ambush tactic which would shoot down opposition amendments to such a policy without any real consideration.
Both the NDP and Tories have proposed amendments to ban cash-for-access fundraising.
However, Naqvi’s newly released statement says there are no amendments before their committee.
He went on to say that the Liberal’s will bring forth comprehensive amendments which include lowering contribution limits further, creating a clear definition of third party advertising and strengthening limits for government advertising before an election.
Naqvi also suggested that the opposition only seems interested in blocking the party in government from holding events. With that, Liberals will be voting down their weaker amendments and bring forward a stronger amendment at second reading.
— Yasir Naqvi (@Yasir_Naqvi) August 29, 2016