Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD OetobW 23, 1974 NDP uses loophole in new act to finance party OTTAWA (CP) The New Democratic Party is using the new federal Election Expenses Act to help finance its political activities in the provinces, party officials say. They confirm that NDP fund raisers are using the national party as a clearing house to channel tax deductible contributions to provincial NDP organizations. The national Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties say they are considering doing tie same thing. Gordon Vichert, secretary of the NDP's 9ntario wing, said in an interview that some money was used in this way to help finance the NDP's provincial byelection victory last week in the eastern Ontario riding of Stormont. He said money will be cycled through the federal party for the NDP candidate on the Carleton East Ontario byelection "In essence it is a very large loophole in the Mr. Vichert said. The federal legislation, which came into effect too late for the July 8 general election, sets limits on campaign spending by national parties and candidates, subsidizes some of their campaign costs, requires full disclosure of gifts exceeding and allows donors to claim tax deductions for contributions. Mr. Vichert and NDP National Secretary Clifford Scotton said the party is using this last provision as a handy way to bankroll provincial operations. Supporters wishing to donate money to an NDP candidate in a provincial election simply make their payment to the federal party, obtain a receipt and claim a deduction, on their income tax. The federal party hands over the money to the provincial organization. Until the act was passed, the money usually moved from the provincial to the federal organizations. Under the act donors can obtain a federal tax rebate of f75 on a contribution. The rebate decreases proportionately as the amount of the donation goes up. The maximum rebate under the act is for donations exceeding Mr. Vichert said some money was raised in this way to help NDP candidate George Samis wrest Stormont riding from the Conservatives. He said to of an es- timated campaign budget could be raised this way for NDP candidate Evelyn Gigantes, a broadcaster, in her Carleton East byelection campaign against Conservative Pierre Benoit, the mayor of Ottawa, and Liberal Paul Taylor, a radio reporter. The party has sent a fund raising letter to members sug- gesting that the tactic be used, Mr. Vichert said. Judges out of touch OTTAWA (CP) Judges should not sit on the bench un- til they first acquire a knowledge and understanding of the environments in which prisoners live and policemen work, the Commons justice committee was told Tuesday. Mr. Justice A Lamer, vice- chairman of the Law Reform Commission, added that peo- ple who administer the law are frequently out of touch with the values of the people with whom they deal. "We must try to understand the environments" in which crimes are committed, he said On other business, the com- mittee questioned witnesses on items in the Criminal Code such as the sentencing of young offenders charged with drug offences. Commission chairman Justice Patrick Hartt said the commission hoped to avoid a "scissors and patch" approach to law reform and was concerned with an over- all evaluation of the code. He said the commission is concerned chiefly with trying to bring the Criminal Code into line with "changed social values." The present code, he said, belongs "to the last century." Cheek These Red Arrow Specials COFFEE SHRIMP TEA BAGS CHEESE EDWARDS REGULAR Or FINE GRIND VicPikllb.tin.............. SEA TRADER MEDIUM GULF oz. dr. wUin CANTERBURY OP LUCERNE PROCESS CANADIAN SLICES 16oz.mt.wt.pkg.............. FABRIC SOFTENER White Magic 128 ffl. oz. jug B.C. MACS CANADA CEE GRADE APPLES ECONOPAKBOX 3i89 GRAPES CALIFORNIA 6MWN TOKAYS Crafted in Staffordshire, England at home in castle or cottage... in warm earth tones to grace any table. Fine Imported Stoneware. This week's item: Plate MANUFACTURER'S OFFERS SOUP MIX UPTONS CHICKEN Ml wt. 2 pack V DUND COFFEE 135 IB REGULAR lib. Ml IREDDED WHEAT 7JC lBISC020o2.Mtw1.pki.......................................... V CANNED PUOWHG NESTLES CHOCOLATE. TAPIOCA. Ml wt.lifl ...............feR I V FACIAL TISSUE SCOTTIES ASSORTED COLORS 200-2 Hi JL L RMlTNTOM jMkOLMHn CARROTS CANADA NO. 1 Crisp ml CnNkiMlikq CONDENSED CHICKiH NOODI SOUP SCOTTIES ASSORTED COLORS 200 2 or CiEAMOf MSHROOH SOUP TOWN HOUSE SOUPS CREAM OF MUSHROOM, CHICKEN RICE, CHICKEN NOODLE CONDENSED 10 IL oz. tin Copyright 1960, Canada Safeway Limited SALES IN RETAIL QUANTITY ONLY!