Ontario politicians will no longer be allowed to attend fundraisers in the new year.
Election finance reform legislation was passed unanimously Thursday, dramatically changing the landscape for political fundraising in Ontario.
Starting Jan. 1, political leaders including MPP’s, candidates, party leaders, and chiefs of staff, among others, are banned from attending fundraisers.
Corporate and union donations will also be banned and individual donation limits lowered as well.
However, the legislation passed Thursday does have some leeway.
Politicians are permitted to attend events where the ticket price only recovers the cost of hosting it, and to solicit funds by mail, phone or email.
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi has not answered how soliciting donations in person is prohibited but over the phone is not.
Also under the law, political parties will be given per-vote subsidies to offset loss of corporate and union donations. The maximum donation of $33,250 has been reduced to $3,600 in an election year.
Advertising restrictions have also been placed on the amount third-parties can spend during a period before, and through the election period.