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  • Mark
    April 08, 2013 - 18:45

    Why is it a jeer that a publicly owned crown corporation is no longer spending my money for "taxes" on property it doesn't own? The bigger question is why they were handing this graft off to the municipalities in the first place. Taxes in lieu are, by definition, in lieu of something. This appears to have been an instance of taxes in lieu of nothing.

  • Jay
    April 08, 2013 - 17:01

    Matthew, Well said. It's common knowledge that the media can play an extremely influential role in the results of an election. If the Telegram expects everybody else to play fair, maybe it should also. In the future, when I see individuals talking about polls,should I expect the Telegram take the same negative, critical role?

  • Matthew
    April 08, 2013 - 11:40

    There are 3 major flaws with your criticism of Ellsworth. Firstly, when was the last time a privately commissioned poll was released publicly? I certainly can't remember one. Nor should any candidate be required to divulge that information. Doc conducted a poll in the last election but never released the results and was never asked to. Why is this any different? You can compare House of Assembly regulations to regulations of the Council Chambers, but not to the regulations guiding a candidate for municipal office. A candidate can't table a document when they have no presence in the chamber. He never quoted anything from the poll, so what exactly would you want to verify? Which brings me to my final point. Finally, so what if you don't get the supporting documentation. He never mentioned any numbers, he never even claimed to be in the lead, so what exactly would you want to verify? He didn't make any claims about it. How about you release the names of any anonymous sources so that the public can go and verify the information independently?

  • Political Spending Limits
    April 08, 2013 - 09:18

    There are established spending limits, requirements for accountability and transaparency and financial donor limits in the federal and provincial election systems (just ask Peter Penashue). But the rules are much less clear for municipal elections, particularly in the capital city. If you have enough money, you can try to buy yourself a seat on council.