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Tories in a spat with Elections Canada

Elections Canada and the Conservatives are in a fight over how much money they really spent in the last election campaign:

The Conservative party shuffled more than $1 million in advertising money between itself and Tory candidates in the 2005-06 campaign, boosting candidate expenses and qualifying them for larger Elections Canada rebates for their riding war chests. A Citizen investigation of election financing records shows the Tories would exceed their $18.3-million overall limit on election spending if the advertising expenditures are considered part of the national Conservative campaign — a point the party disputes.

Something interesting to watch as it winds through the legal system. Remember, as the article says at its concluding paragraph, this isn’t the first time the Conservatives and Elections Canada have had a spat.

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