Russ Campbell‚Äôs Blog: Dippers at It Again?
The sneaky Dip¬≠pers are ap¬≠par¬≠ently, once again, try¬≠ing to put one over on us. Read¬≠ers may re¬≠mem¬≠ber that, fol¬≠low¬≠ing Jack Lay¬≠ton‚Äôs death, the New De¬≠moc¬≠rats dreamed up a scheme to is¬≠sue po¬≠lit¬≠i¬≠cal tax re¬≠ceipts for do¬≠na¬≠tions in¬≠tended for the Broad¬≠bent In¬≠sti¬≠tute. This time, they‚Äôre us¬≠ing tax¬≠payer money to fund staff in ‚Äúsatel¬≠lite‚ÄĚ of¬≠fices in Que¬≠bec and Saskatchewan.
For both schemes, NDP spokesper¬≠sons pub¬≠licly as¬≠sured Cana¬≠di¬≠ans they had cleared their plans in ad¬≠vance. And both times their clever plans were shut down once they came un¬≠der pub¬≠lic scrutiny.
Af¬≠ter for¬≠mer NDP leader Jack Lay¬≠ton died in 2011, his fam¬≠ily asked that, in lieu of flow¬≠ers, do¬≠na¬≠tions be made to the Broad¬≠bent In¬≠sti¬≠tute, a left-wing think tank named af¬≠ter for¬≠mer NDP leader Ed Broad¬≠bent. Since the Broad¬≠bent In¬≠sti¬≠tute lacked tax-sta¬≠tus as a char¬≠ity, how¬≠ever, the do¬≠na¬≠tions went through the NDP and were later to be trans¬≠ferred to the think tank.