The Ontario Liberals are hoping to put to bed the MPP fundraising controversy that plagued the Wynne government in the late summer.
The province flip-flopped in August on cash-for-access fundraisers, however, this week they plan to to put forward an election finance reform bill.
The proposal would ban certain members of the provincial parliament, party leaders, nomination contestants and candidates from attending fundraisers.
The original outline has been extended to include chiefs of staff after pressure from the opposition who claimed excluding the chiefs would allow ‘cash for access’ through the back door that was banned through the front door.
On Wednesday, the Ontario Liberals finalized amendments to the bill, which includes staff who work for the premier or other party leaders and chiefs of staff.
If the bill passes, politicians on the list would only be able to attend events where funds from the ticket purchased would go to cost recovery of hosting the event.
Also, any event they attend can only solicit their donations through mail, phone or email, and not on site.
The bill would also award political parties a per-vote subsidy to compensate for a future ban on corporate and union donations.
In late August, government House Leader Yasir Naqvi promised that the province would introduce an amendment to ban fundraising events for all MPPs.