Robert over at myblagh has a post that somehow slipped under my radar on the fate of the suggested amendments to the Federal Accountability Acts that would limit the amount of money that children could donate to political parties. In light of the recent scandal surrounding Joe Volpe and the donations from the children of pharmaceutical bigwigs, one would think that the Liberals and Conservatives, particularly the latter, what with all their talk about accountability and all, would jump at the chance to be the ones to clean this mess up.
The NDP member on the committee, Pat Martin, suggests that not only are the Tories to blame for rejecting the clauses, but the Liberals as well, as they submitted them in the first place and as written they would have also restricted donations from university students – which would not have been acceptable to anyone. Not that as a university student I would have had any money (or inclination) to donate to a political party, but I have to aknowledge that some would and they should be allowed. After all, they are allowed to drink, so why not let them piss their money away in a tax-decuctible manner as well?
Robert’s entry and the links and comments therein are worth a read.